In a recent interview with Collider, Fast and Furious 8 director F. Gary Gray revealed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was actually an inspiration for the movie.
Gray revealed that the epic franchise was an inspiration when asked if he intended on taking on big action sequences or working more on getting into the character stories for the movie.
"It's a combination of both. When you look at someone like J.J. Abrams who gives you the spectacle and great action set pieces but also gives you character and plotting and narrative, I think it's my job-and my intention-to do both," he said. "You amp up everything, you work on the performances, you work on the story, you work on the action; it's just not one thing. Hopefully I bring more to it, that's part of the point is to bring something different to the franchise while still satisfying what the fans want."
Fast and Furious 8 will be released on April 15, 2017.
Furious 7 hit theaters on April 3, 2015.
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