[Update, October 8: F. Gary Gray has confirmed he will direct “Fast and Furious 8,” confirming TheWrap’s exclusive report naming him the frontrunner for the job, which is below.]
Hot off the success of “Straight Outta Compton,” F. Gary Gray has emerged as the frontrunner to direct the next chapter in the “Fast and Furious” franchise for Universal Pictures, an individual familiar with the studio’s search has told TheWrap.
While a representative for Universal had no comment, insiders suggest that studio execs are sitting down with producers Vin Diesel and Neal Moritz to decide between Gray and one other director whose identity remains unknown (likely Louis Leterrier), though Gray looks to have the edge at this point.
On Monday night, Diesel posted a photo of himself with Gray on his own official Facebook page. Behind them were an array of images from the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Gray would be a natural fit for the gravity-defying action franchise, as not only has he directed vehicular mayhem before in “The Italian Job,” but he previously worked with star Vin Diesel on “A Man Apart” and just made Universal a truckload of money with “Compton.”