It seemed like a no-brainer, and now Vin Diesel has made it official: "Furious 8" is happening, and it already has a release date.



Speaking at Universal's CinemaCon panel last week, the "Furious 7" star revealed that a sequel was already in the works, and would debut on April 14, 2017. "Furious 7," the last flick in the franchise to star the late Paul Walker, has already raced past the $1 billion mark at the international box office (the fastest movie to ever claim that feat), making a sequel seemingly inevitable.



Walker weighed heavily on Diesel's mind during the CinemaCon panel, with Diesel explaining that he wanted to make his late friend proud as the series moved forward.



"I swear to you and to my brother upstairs [Walker], we are going to make the best movie you've ever seen," Diesel said Thursday.



"Furious 7" has already amassed $1.32 billion in profits since its April 3 release, surpassing "Frozen" to claim the number five slot on the list of all-time international box office earnings.



[via: Entertainment Weekly]