Interesting…May of '18. Food for thought. Seems far early given the release date obviously. Unless it’s preproduction stuff. On QOS, the race in Seville was covered by the 2nd unit well prior to production. Maybe there’s some major event somewhere that takes place particularly that date. Off the top of my head, the Monaco Grand Prix is always in May. Certainly a suitable background setting for a PTS but it was already used as a set piece in Iron Man 2. Anything perhaps celebrating a milestone anniversary then?
Anyway, another grain of salt for the pile.
As to some speculation on studio and directors, I concur that a studio is set in place already that could be where the director has a deal or potential deal in place. Could be we get the announcement of both at the same time. I’d expect some word before the end of the year but hopefully sooner. Then we can get to wild speculation about title and story… That is, more so than we already are.