NEW YORK – With a the shriek of engines and the stink of testosterone mixed with engine oil, Fast and Furious 7 has no sooner roared into view than the distant thunder of the revving motors of Fast and Furious 8 can be heard in the distance as Jim Jarmusch is recruited as director.
The cult New York cineaste of Ghost Dog, Dead Man, Down by Law and Only Loves Left Alive is well known for his laconic sense of humour and slow meditative paced masterpieces like Down By Law and Mystery Train, the shock haired auteur is at first glance a strange fit for the brain dead adrenalin grease monkey high opera of the Fast and Furious franchise. However, Jarmusch told the Studio Exec that he had been talking about directing a Fast and Furious film for years:
I’ve always wanted to… you know … do a film like … a fast you know and … furious kinda … I don’t know if it was Kierkegaard or Lou Reed who said that a nightmare is just a private fantasy but life can be confusing at times and well… What was the question?
What changes do you envisage making to the franchise?
None, absolutely none. I mean, I don’t see the point in doing a bunch of car chases. I mean that part will go. But these characters, they probably are going to spend a lot of time sitting around waiting and being laconically droll, so we should do that. And all the stuff about criminals and double crossing, that’s going to go too.
And the title. I mean Fast and Furious? I think Slow and Droll will be better. Then we don’t need the seven any more.
Right but people like the action. I mean isn’t that the point.
Yeah, that’s a point. I suppose. But you know, what about something new. I mean why not a film all about people drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. When are we going to see that? Huh?
Coffee and Cigarettes was made in 2003. People just sit round, drink coffee and smoke cigarettes.
That sounds brilliant. I’ve got to see that.
You made it.
Very possibly. The early noughts are a bit hazy.
Fast and Furious 8 is due to begin filming sometime you know… whenever.