A week before filming ended, Dwayne Johnson had a secret meeting with co-star and executive producer Vin Diesel to address personal and professional issues between the two. This happened after Diesel reportedly canceled some of Johnson's planned scenes at the last minute. On several occasions, Diesel also reportedly refused to show up to the set as he was scheduled, leaving hundreds of cast, crew & extras waiting on set for him for more than six hours. In response to this, Dwayne posted on Instagram: "This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. Universal has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I'm not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling - you're right. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part. Final week on Fast 8 and I'll finish strong. ;/ #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses" Diesel confronted Johnson in a secret meeting one day after Dwayne's message was posted online. They were able to resolve their issues.
When Mr. Nobody explains the "top 10 most wanted" list, and that Roman was number 11, he says people in the room are numbers 6, 8, 9, and 10. The missing number 7 is a tribute to Paul Walker, who died after production of movie #7. His character, Brian O'Conner is now out of the life.
At the beginning of the film, before the race, Dom tweaks the engine of the car he is about to use to make it faster. He uses the opener ring of a soda can to attach a hose to a part of the engine, calling it a "poor man's turbo". Later during the race, when he engages it, he says, "Ok Buster, lets see if this works," hinting that Brian O'Connor taught it to him. Dom's crew constantly referred to Brian as "The Buster" or "Buster" throughout the first film.
Paul Walker's character, Brian O'Conner used to drive Japanese imports in the franchise. His replacement, Little Nobody (played by Scott Eastwood) who is his close friend in real life also drive these type of cars (Subaru BRZ and Subaru Impreza WRX STi) in this movie. These indicates a tribute to late Paul Walker from Scott as these type of cars were his favorite in the Fast and Furious franchise as Brian O'Conner and in the real life.
While backstage at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Vin Diesel hinted in an interview that this film would be set in New York City. He stated that "Furious 7 (2015) was for Paul and The Fate of the Furious (2017) will be from Paul". Before his tragic death, Paul Walker told Diesel that 'Furious 8' was guaranteed to be made. Diesel reiterated the dedication in numerous other interviews while promoting this movie. This explains why the beginning of the film does in fact open with a street race, paying homage to the first two films in the series whose opening scenes contained street races involving Paul Walker's character.
In April 2016, The Fate of the Furious (2017) filmed in Iceland, including filming reportedly the country's largest explosion.
When the crew is shown the garage of all the cars including the army tank, you can see Paul Walker's GTR that his character drove in the 7th installment up on top of one of the 3 tier car racks. A subtle tribute to the late actor.
The ritual dance that Hobbs and his soccer players perform is a traditional Pacific island war dance called the Haka, the Siva Tau, the Cibi, or the Kaiao, depending on the tribe of origin. The New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, etc. international rugby teams perform these dances at the starts of their matches as a sign of strength and prowess.
Vin Diesel and Ludacris posted on their Instagram accounts, an image for The Fate of the Furious (2017) with the backdrop of New York City, the first time the franchise has visited New York.
Despite a considerable portion of the film being set in New York City, the only actual filming that took place there was for second-unit "B-roll" footage. Only "picture cars" were used for these scenes, and none of the lead actors were present for filming. All of the actual action sequences set there were filmed in Cleveland or Atlanta, given the logistical impossibility of closing down major streets in Manhattan for any extended length of time.
At one point in the movie Jason Statham's character calls Dwayne Johnson's character 'Hercules'. This is a reference to the 2014 blockbuster Hercules (2014) in which Johnson starred as the title character.
During the London premiere of Furious 7 (2015), Helen Mirren raved about the film and her wish to appear in a role if there would be a sequel been made. She would reiterate her wish in an appearance on The Graham Norton Show (2007) saying that she wouldn't need 'to act' and would just have fun on the movie. Word got round to Diesel who wrote a role for her in this movie.
Vin Diesel and the producers of the film wanted to shoot some large action sequences in Metro Manila in The Philippines. Producers were requesting government agencies to close down a large piece of a major highway in Manila called "EDSA". Which is known to be one of the busiest highways in the country. The Philippine government turned down the request of the producers due to a major crippling of the City's thoroughfares.
This is the first film in the franchise to include two Oscar winners: Helen Mirren (uncredited) and Charlize Theron.
F. Gary Gray previously directed Vin Diesel in A Man Apart (2003), Jason Statham, Olek Krupa and Charlize Theron in The Italian Job (2003) and Dwayne Johnson in Be Cool (2005).
The movie quite purposely contains a number of references to other movies, in addition to events within the F&F series itself dating back to Fast Five (2011). Deckard Shaw compared Hobbs to Hercules, which is particularly notable given the fact that Hobbs' role in Furious 7 (2015) was deliberately minimized because Dwayne Johnson was slated to film Hercules (2014) (as its titular character) during most of Furious 7 (2015)'s original filming schedule. After filming was postponed following Paul Walker's death, making Johnson available again, the producers retooled that film's ending to incorporate Hobbs as a major part of the action. Other references include a riff on "Miss Parker" (Ramsey) based on a line from Friday (1995), also directed by F. Gary Gray, and "Jaws," when Hobbs comments - while on the run from the submarine under Cipher's control - that "we're gonna need a bigger truck." Deckard woken up by his mother in the ambulance also references the Crank (2006) movies in which Jason Statham starred.
As was the case in the previous three F&F installments, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) bought product placement in the movie, but this time at a considerably broader level. Everyone on Dom's team except for Hobbs is shown driving a Dodge Challenger during their attack of the Berlin facility, and Hobbs' latest truck is depicted as a Ram (another FCA brand). Further, the producers revealed shortly before the movie's debut that all of the Challengers are 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons, an all-new variant of the model that FCA used the movie to introduce. The Demon is the most powerful factory-spec Challenger ever made, with an 840-horsepower engine and a quarter-mile time in the nine-second range. Also, nearly all of the "zombie cars" Cipher assumes control of during the New York sequence are either Jeeps, Chryslers or Fiats, including the ones seen falling from a garage onto the street below. Finally, both of the vintage muscle cars Dom drives are Chrysler-family vehicles: the 1971 Plymouth GTX from the Manhattan-set scenes, and a heavily modified 1970 Dodge Charger - the same one driven by Dom throughout the series - in the ice sequence.
The way Tyrese Gibson and Scott Eastwood bicker and make fun of each other is similar to how Gibson and Paul Walker bicker and make fun of each other in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). Both of them were close friends with Paul Walker.
Grossed $63.9 million opening day in China, the highest grossing opening day in China, then grossed $190 million in the country over the weekend, the highest grossing opening weekend in China.
F. Gary Gray was picked over Louis Leterrier, William Eubank, and Adam Wingard to direct the film. Ericson Core, who was the Cinematographer on the first film, was also considered as well.
The coordiantes 34.1381N,118.3534W that come up right before the Red Dragon soccer scene. They are the middle of Universal Studios California.
This movie references Friday (1995) also directed by F. Gary Gray, when Tej Parker says "Hey, Miss Parker" in the end.
Released in 1,079 IMAX screens worldwide, the widest opening ever for a single film in IMAX history.
This will mark Charlize Theron and Jason Statham's second collaboration together, they both starred together in the remake of The Italian Job (2003). Olek Krupa, who plays the Russian Minister of Defense, was also in The Italian Job (2003).
At the beginning dom uses a soda can top ring to make "a poor man's turbo" he tells Letty that it is something "the buster used to play with" meaning Brian taught him this technique.
The character played by Scott Eastwood is never named. Eastwood's father, Clint Eastwood, is famous for playing the Man With No Name in Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy.
In one scene, Cipher (Charlize Theron) is wearing a vintage Metallica "Metal Up Your Ass" shirt.
The vehicles driven by the team during the Manhattan action sequence include a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette (Letty); a 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S (Tej and Ramsey); a 2016 Jaguar F-Type (Shaw); a 2016 Bentley Continental GT (Roman); a 2017 Subaru BRZ (Little Nobody); and an International MXT (Hobbs). By necessity, the team drives mostly customized vehicles for the climactic ice sequence, but the two street models used in it - given that both are equipped with all-wheel-drive - are a Lamborghini Murciélago(driven by Roman) and a Subaru WRX STI (Little Nobody). Hobbs drives an "Ice Ram," a heavily modified Dodge Ram truck with tank-style tracks instead of wheels, and Letty drives a customized Local Motors Rally Fighter.
With Helen Mirren appearing in this film, this marks the third time that Vin Diesel has acted opposite an actress who has been knighted as a Dame in the Order of the British Empire. The first was Judi Dench in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), the second was Charlotte Rampling in Babylon A.D. (2008).
Aside from this film, both Kurt Russell and Vin Diesel were also included in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) though Diesel only did a voice role.
Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, in one scene is performing the Haka, a traditional Maori (from New Zealand) chant, which is similar with dancing by Maui, characters from movie Moana (2016), which was voiced by Johnson himself.
In the movie Kurt Russell plays Mr. Nobody, one of his base of operations was he refers to as "No Where". Russell also plays Ego (The living planet) in the MCU Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise that has the floating head of an ancient celestial being which is called "Know Where".
Second film in the franchise that did not feature Paul Walker after The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), due to Walker's death on November 30, 2013.
Director F. Gary Gray had a scene which went beyond the family friendly level which was then cut for UK audiences to maintain the 12A rating. If the scene had stayed it would have been rated 15.
Tyrese Gibson (Roman) and Jason Statham (Deckard) have worked together before, in Death Race (2008).
This is the second time Charlize Theron and Michelle Rodriguez worked together. Rodriguez and Theron previously worked on the movie Battle in Seattle (2007)
The car chase in Iceland is very reminiscent of a Bond film Die Another Day (2002) that also has a car chase like the one we see in this film. Many other chases we see that are either inspired by Bond movies such as Syfall Lodge Blowing, Don's house blowing up and the gas tank chase similar to the gas tank chase at the end of the film of Licence to Kill (1989). Rick Yune starred in both Die Another Day (2002) and The Fast and the Furious (2001).
Cipher's man Connor Rhodes is from Chicago. Connor Rhodes is the name of the main doctor character in Chicago Med (2015).
During the kids soccer game, Hobbs tells the government official who was asking him to go on the Berlin assignment to cheer for his daughter's team or risk having "them, being Tay Tay fans kicking his ass" - Tay Tay referring to Taylor Swift. Co-star Scott Eastwood appeared alongside Swift in her music video, Wildest Dreams.
Stars two cast members from the TV series Game of Thrones (2011) Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane).
Trailer was released December 2016 and gained over 17 million views on YouTube since its release.