The blockbuster success of this summer’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is opening new doors for its director, F. Gary Gray.
For, multiple reports confirm that Universal Pictures have picked the acclaimed talent to take the directorial helm of ‘Furious 8.’
The studio had been on the hunt for a name to succeed ‘Furious 7’s James Wan – who opted not to return to the franchise after the the box office triumph he enjoyed with the 2014 flick.
Yet, it seems what’s one’s loss is another’s gain.
Gray met with the franchise’s producer and lead star Vin Diesel on Monday, with the pair sharing a pic of themselves posing in front of a collage of snaps from the ‘Fast & Furious’ films.
Interestingly, Diesel – who does not have director approval rights – is consulted on all major decisions involving the franchise. The shot was shared immediately following their meeting – all but confirming the filmmaker’s selection.
Gray, whose credits include Urban classics such as ‘Friday’ and ‘Set It Off,’ is also well-equipped on the action side of the tracks having directed movies such as ‘Law Abiding Citizen,’ The Italian Job,’ and ‘The Negotiator.’