The eighth installment in the popular franchise The Fast and the Furious is officially called The Fate of the Furious. The title raises heavy questions about choice. Was Brian O’Conner assigned by a divine force to investigate this particular Los Angeles street racing family? Did Dom Toretto decide to drive a supercar between two skyscraper or was that destiny? Is free will an illusion?
The Fate of the Furious, directed by Straight Outta Compton helmer F. Gary Gary, will hit theaters on April 14th. There will be a lot of furious characters portrayed by franchise alums Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, and Kurt Russell, as well as franchise newbies Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Scott Eastwood.
The recently announced title fits nicely into the franchise’s storied tradition of randomly deleting words and adding numbers to the phrase “The Fast and the Furious” in order to make a new phrase.
- The Fast and the Furious
- 2 Fast 2 Furious
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (big departure here, a lot of words)
- Fast and Furious
- Fast Five
- Fast and Furious 6
- Furious 7
The Japanese title for the film is rumored to be Wild Speed: Ice Break. Okay!
In other ocho news: Damian Lewis has been added to the cast of the “all-female” Ocean’s Eight, which was at one point going to be called Ocean’s Ocho. It’s about eight women who commit crimes, and at least one man who does something else (maybe other crimes). Contrary to what you might believe, this film is not the eighth one of anything. There are three other Ocean’s films and they are called Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen. They’re all named after the main character, Danny Ocean, as portrayed by George Clooney. It’s not clear how we got here — a movie called Ocean’s Eight that’s not the eighth and has no Ocean or ocean (Vegas, baby!), but I’m sure I’ll see it when it opens on June 8th, 2018.
All in all, it’s been a huge news day for “ocho,” and for films that I imagine will bring us joy.