As the theater date for the highly-anticipated Furious 7 speeds closer and closer, Vin Diesel has his sights set pretty high for the film.
“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie. It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever,” the 47-year-old said to Variety recently.
Well, then. I think that was a challenge.
Buzz surely surrounds the latest film in the Fast and Furious franchise, considering it’s the last time that fans will see Paul Walker’s face on a theater screen. Everyone, from the movie’s cast and crew to the franchise’s fanbase, felt the blow when he died while the film was still shooting in 2013.
The cast has said, more than once, that they went above and beyond with this latest installment to honor their brother.
However, is the hype enough to land Best Picture? Surely, Diesel knows firsthand what we can all expect from the film, but that’s a tall order.
“We were successful in one-upping the action sequences, and adding an interesting dynamic to the world. But what the world won’t anticipate is how emotionally powerful the movie is. The head of the studio, Ron Meyer, often said when Fast 5 or Fast 6 came out, ‘If there was no number attached to these movies, they would be contenders for best picture.’ And when people see Furious 7, they are going to agree,” Diesel added.
I guess we’ll find out!