As a “thank you” to the millions of fans from all over the world who has made Fate of the Furious a groundbreaking box office success, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a promise: Agent Hobbs and Deckard Shaw will one day battle it out on the big screen. But will it happen in the planned Fast & Furious spin-off?
Who is the Toughest?
While the eighth and most recent installment to the Fast & Furious franchise centers around Dom Torreto (Vin Diesel) and his new alliance with the cyber terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron), the commendable stars of the new movie are Johnson‘s Hobbs and Statham’s Shaw. Watching them bicker on-screen was very entertaining, but fans are also dying to see the two throwing punches at each other.
While it looks like Shaw is now a part of the family after saving Dom’s son from the clutches of Cipher, The Rock promises that the competition between Hobb’s and Statham’s character will eventually reach its crescendo. On an Instagram post, the 44-year-old thanked the fans for their unending support and promised more awesome adventures in the future.
“The #1 movie in the world, two weeks in row. The first Hollywood movie was shot in 1910. Since then, only 29 movies have ever grossed over $1 billion at the box office,” the caption read. ” #FateOfTheFurious will be the 30th movie to cross that mark.”
As a treat, he has one thing to reveal about his character. The actor said Luke Hobbs will get to punch Deckard Shaw some time in the future. “One fine day, we will give the audience what they want and fight,” he promised. “And it will be the greatest fight in the history of movies.”
To psyche the fans even more, the actor warns his co-star: “I’m gonna knock your teeth so far down your throat, you’re gonna have to stick a toothbrush up your a** to brush ’em.”
The #1 movie in the world, two weeks in row. The first Hollywood movie was shot in 1910. Since then, only 29 movies have ever grossed over $1 billion at the box office. #FateOfTheFurious will be the 30th movie to cross that mark. Huge shout to our dynamite and ever growing cast, our incredibly hard working and patient production crew, Universal Pictures – Jeff Shell, Donna Langley and my favorite Rabbi and consigliere, Ron Meyer. Huge Rock size bear hugs to Universal's relentless and brilliant marketing and publicity team. Many of whom I've known since I started my career at Universal 17yrs ago with The Mummy Returns. A pleasure to work with all the above. THANK YOU FANS WORLDWIDE for takin' a ride with us for an 8th time. At the end of the day, you will always decide what happens next. I'm forever grateful at the opportunity to entertain you. And finally, a very very special shout out to a certain bald headed, English tea drinkin', crumpets eatin', God Save The Queen singin' suuuuuum bitch, Jason Statham. One fine day, we will give the audience what they want and fight. And it will be the greatest fight in the history of movies. We will then drink like brothers as you nurse your wounds, because I'm gonna knock your teeth so far down your throat, you're gonna have to stick a toothbrush up your ass to brush 'em. Thanks for trusting me brotha and cheers to always having fun for audience. #FateOfTheFurious #1MovieInTheWorld #ThankYouFANS #BringYourToothbrushStatham
Hobbs and Shaw Spin-Off
But will the big fight between Hobbs and Shaw happen in their own spin-off? Thanks to the success of Fate of the Furious, Universal is reportedly looking to expand the Fast & Furious universe. One of the ideas that the studio wants to pursue is a separate movie that will star Johnson and Statham.
According to Deadline, the project is still in its early stages but Chris Morgan will be involved to pen the script. The studio, however, has not commented on the rumors as of this writing.
This new information does support a previous report from The Wrap. The publication reported earlier this month that actor and producer Diesel killed a scene featuring The Rock and Statham.
The scene was supposed to keep the banter between the two characters going (and, perhaps, eventually lead to the spin-off). However, it was allegedly filmed without the knowledge of Diesel, which enraged the actor/producer.
Another source claimed that the sequence was initially be filmed as bonus content for the home release, but executives from NBC Universal decided not to include it in the movie because “the sequence would make for a better opportunity somewhere else.”
Fate of the Furious Box Office Performance
After just two weeks in the box office, Fate of the Furious is already on track to cross the one billion mark. The movie which opened on Apr. 14 already grossed over $900 million in the global box office. In the US, it already reached $160 million, reported Box Office Mojo.
The eighth movie is only second highest-grossing from the franchise. Furious 7, which saw the departure of lead character Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) from a decade of racing and heists, was able to earn more than $1.5 billion in 2015.