17 days. That’s how long it took Furious 7 to cross the billion dollar mark worldwide. Even with the death of Paul Walker, fans and observers knew Fast and Furious 8 was a lock.

Now, Universal needs to tell Dom to quit saying ‘one last ride.’ Nah man, you mean one last time checking your bank account for the night. Let’s just be real.

Vin Diesel did the honors of announcing the sequel at Universal’s CinemaCon on Thursday in Las Vegas.

“We’re going to make the best movie you’ve ever seen.”

The best? Only if you are talking about the assault on your senses. You have to wonder how the stunt and special effects teams plan on trumping the ‘so absurd, it’s amazing’ moments of Furious 7.

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Cars being airdropped and jumping a supercar through multiple skyscrapers in Dubai.

Vin Diesel did talk about his late co-star, Paul Walker, during the presentation. It’s obvious the hurt is still there for a cast that were just as much friends as coworkers.

“The last time I was on this stage I was with my brother Pablo,” Diesel said. “It’s hard for me to even watch that clip and then come out here without being emotional. But most importantly, I mean it from the bottom of my heart, that you guys, you help us make this special.”

Fast and Furious 8 Details

There isn’t a lot known about the upcoming sequel aside from some comments and a release date. April 14, 2017 is the date you want saved on your calendar.

As for the movie? Diesel mentioned in a late-night interview it would be set in New York and more heavily feature Kurt Russell. Even Helen Mirren has been rumored as a possible addition.

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Could she be the mother of the Shaw brothers? That would be hilarious.

Other rumors are Lucas Black returning to the franchise for the upcoming sequel(s). Who knows, Owen Shaw was implausibly alive in Furious 7, so maybe we can get Han back?

One question hanging over the Fast and Furious 8 is can it replicate the box office receipts of Furious 7? If you look at the global numbers, you can easily see the film doing similar numbers. Especially with the numbers out of China.

What do you think? Will you take another ‘last’ ride with Dom and company? I wonder what the prop bets look like for Universal integrating ‘8’ in the title. You know it’s happening.

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