Fast & Furious may be headed to Cuba!
A bit over a year after Barack Obama re-established ties and eased travel restrictions, the franchise's eighth chapter may become the first major Hollywood film in the country in over 50 years.
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Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) is looking to take the series where no movie has gone since the 1962 embargo.
According to a statement from the studio:
"Universal Pictures is currently in the process seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to explore shooting a portion of the next installment of the Fast & Furious series in Cuba."
Now, they still have to get the green light from the government, which may not be the easiest sell.
After all, they're giving a huge financial investment to a controversial government…
But Conan took a trip to Cuba already, the indie film Papa shot there, and Showtime just announced that House Of Lies would become the first scripted U.S. show to film on the island this year.
So maybe not as difficult as it seems?
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The filming itself could be the toughest part, as issues like lack of local film crew and spotty Internet could give a big production like this a lot of problems.
Furious 8 would primarily shoot in Atlanta, but other location filming is planned in Russia and Iceland. The eighth installment will pull into theaters on April 14, 2017.
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