New Fast and the Furious races to meet fans' hopes

Updated 2017-03-30 10:01:31 China Daily
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The next installment of the car-racing cinematic franchise The Fast and the Furious is due soon. With a radical twist in the plot, expectations are high.

In 2015, Furious 7, the seventh installment in the car-racing cinematic franchise The Fast and The Furious, distributed by Universal Pictures, earned more than .5 billion worldwide, and it remains the highest-grossing Hollywood blockbuster in the Chinese mainland with 2.4 billion yuan (0 million) revenue from the box office.

So, perhaps, the franchise's fans are wondering if the latest film can break the record?

Well, the answer is probably “yes”. At least, that is the expectation.

On April 14, the saga, which has run since 2001, will hit silver screens again with The Fate of the Furious, its eighth production, being premiered simultaneously in China and the United States.

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Charlize Theron and Jason Statham come to Beijing to promote The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the car-racing cinematic franchise The Fast and the Furious, which is to be premiered simultaneously in China and the United States.

Neal H. Moritz, the producer of the franchise since the beginning, says the new film “was really challenging because the bar was set so high by seven (Furious 7)”.

“The audience has huge expectations. Honestly, we feel the responsibility to give them something satisfying.”

He says there was once debate on whether to end the series with Furious 7, which had a happy ending, in that the multiracial street racing elites led by Dominic Toretto (commonly known as “Dom” who is played by American actor Vin Diesel), get reunited.

For the new film, Chris Morgan, the screenplay writer of the franchise since the third installment, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, says he wanted something that the audience of the franchise had not experienced.

So, he came up with the idea of prolonging the story: Dom is lured into crime and turns his back on the racing family.

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The Fate of the Furious features Jason Statham.

For Moritz, this is “like going against everything we've done in the seven films”.

“What always amazes me is how we are able to develop and maintain that blurred line between good guy and bad guy over the course of this series,” says Moritz.

“We've allowed each of our characters to grow in different directions.

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