'Fast & Furious 8' updates, news: 'Fast 8' may not be the official title in the end; film likely to rekindle original racing roots

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Fans of the very successful “Fast & Furious” movie franchise will be excited to know that the upcoming “Fast & Furious 8” will be back to its racing roots.

As reported by Movie News Guide, the first film in the trilogy that will conclude the franchise might be an adaptation of a story from a racing car magazine. According to the website, during his guest appearance in “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Vin Diesel, who plays Dom Toretto, said that “Fast & Furious 8” might be like the first movie which was based on an article that was published by Vibe Magazine.

In another interview with MTV, Diesel said that he does not know the official title yet even though he keeps on referring to it as “Fast 8” because he gets lazy. “I don’t know if the official title’s come out yet. It’s never the official title. You have to understand. When you talk about titles and you talk about ‘The Fast and the Furious’ the first movie all through production the back of my chair said ‘Red Line.’ This is like, this is par for the course for the ‘Fast’ franchise. We never know what the title is officially. Guys like me, they can get a little lazy with titles.”

Meanwhile, Michelle Rodriguez – Leticia “Letty” Ortiz in the franchise – said that the concluding trilogy will be a tribute to Paul Walker’s vision. “[Paul Walker] wanted to bring it back down to the core, which is the racing. He was always complaining about the special effects and the blue screens.”

Walker, who portrayed one of the film’s main characters Brian O’Conner, tragically passed away November 30, 2013 in a car crash. He was unable to finish filming “Furious 7,” so his brother stepped in to be the basis for the actor’s VFX that was used in the film.

“Fast & Furious 8” is set to be released in the US on April 14, 2017.