Is Vin Diesels the reason no one wants to direct Fast and Furious 8?

Despite the last film pulling up trees at the box office, Universal is apparently struggling to find a director for Furious 8. According to THR (opens in new tab), the studio has struggled to fill the role ever since James Wan declined to return, with the report suggesting that Vin Diesel’s hands-on role in the franchise might be to blame.

Apparently, Wan was offered “life-changing money” to return to the project, but remained unmoved by the studio’s overtures. The report goes on to speculate that Diesel’s role as a particularly fussy producer may have influenced this decision, with the star apparently notorious for tinkering with action sequences and dialogue.

Needless to say, it’s a suggestion rejected by both Diesel and Wan’s representatives, while producer Neal Moritz also said, “obviously if there was any issue, we wouldn’t be making the eighth [film] with [Diesel] right now.” Nevertheless, filling that director’s chair remains tricky, with the film’s April 2017 release date creeping ever closer. With horror specialist Wan having represented something of a gamble at the time, Universal might have to take another plunge into the unknown sooner rather than later…

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