The forthcoming Fast and Furious 8 (and/or simply Furious 8), having successfully denied Vin Diesela spot in the director's chair in favor of Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray, now has its eyes on another potential score: Cuba. "Universal Pictures is currently in the process of seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to explore shooting a portion of the next installment of the Fast and Furious series in Cuba," a studio spokesperson tells Variety.
Though plans for a Furious Cuba are reportedly "still being worked out," the move would come after previous adventures in Abu Dhabi and Rio and in the wake of a lifted trade embargo between Cuba and the United States. Experts seem to agree that a burgeoning franchise like Fast and Furious will have "no trouble" securing all necessary approvals before initial production begins later this year, though additional obstacles include the area's lack of decent internet access.
With all the hype and focus currently showering down upon Furious 8, it's easy to forge that Vin Diesel and Universal recently confirmed that the Fast and Furious universe would slowly but surely be expanding into a near-Star Wars level franchise including additional sequels, prequels, and potential spin-offs.