After a long search, and an awkward facebook post, it has been announced today that STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON director F. Gary Gray is going direct FURIOUS 8.

Gray is coming off his biggest success of his career with STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, which makes him a very sought after director. I do feel this is an exciting choice for the franchise, which has taken chances with their directors by hiring people like John Singleton, Justin Lin, and James Wan. He’s also no stranger to exciting car chases as he helmed the entertaining remake of THE ITALIAN JOB, which features a memorable Mini Cooper chase scene. I’m very interested to see what his take will be like for this surprisingly long lasting franchise. Will he be able to keep it on course, or will it putter out before the finish line? We’ll find out April, 14th 2017.