The studio naturally wanted James Wan, who helmed "Furious 7," to return, but Wan decided to go ahead with "The Conjuring 2" instead (it's now filming). Then, they turned to Justin Lin, who oversaw movies 3-6, but he's busy with the next "Star Trek." They went back to Wan with what a source says was "life-altering money," but he still decided against it.
THR hints that the problem may lay with star and producer Vin Diesel, who "proved extraordinarily difficult" during the production of "Furious 7." But Diesel's rep, as well as producers, deny those reports. And Universal says Wan was never even in the mix for the job.
"The studio and filmmakers loved working with James on 'Furious 7,' but he was never in the mix for an eighth film due to a scheduling conflict with 'The Conjuring 2,'" an official statement read. "We are actively casting and searching for the right director for the next chapter of the franchise."
Now, THR says, the studio looking at newcomers in time for the April 2017 release. One who isn't in consideration? Diesel himself, who directed a short film in 2009. So, the search continues.
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