After eight movies, is the Fast & Furious franchise about to bow out? While the main series which follows Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) and his family is about to come to an end, fans are hoping that a spinoff movie starring Dwayne Johnson’s Agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw will be made. In a new interview, The Rock talked about the future of the car racing-heist movie franchise.
Hobbs vs Deckard
Fate of the Furious was a huge success. The movie directed by F. Gary Gray broke box office records worldwide and, not only crossed the one billion dollar mark but surpassed it to become the highest grossing movie in history. But while Dom and his surprising alliance with the notorious cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) were at the center of the movie, it was Agent Hobbs and his banter with Deckard Shaw that stole the show. Unsurprisingly, fans are asking Universal for a spinoff starring the frenemies.
Because of that chemistry, word came out last month that Universal is developing a separate movie starring Johnson and Statham. The spinoff, which is expected to be released before the next Fast & Furious movie will see Hobbs, a U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent, form an unlikely alliance with Deckard Shaw, a criminal who has been in pursuit of Dom and his team for the past few installments.
In a recent interview with Fandango, The Rock was asked about his character’s future in the Fast & Furious franchise. While he did not confirm that the spinoff will happen, he did say that the studio has grander plans beyond Fast 10.
“It’s an exciting time for us over there with the Fast and Furious movies because the goal over there, speaking as a producer, is to build out the universe and really give something back to the fans that they like,” the 45-year-old explained. ” I will say this – we never anticipated the chemistry that Jason [Statham] and I would have. Now Jason and I love each other – we’re really good buddies. But putting us in those scenarios where we were feeding off each other’s jokes was just amazing. That chemistry really blossomed on-screen, and it informed us as to where we will go next.”
More Hobbs-Deckard Moments
If Universal is indeed considering expanding the franchise, the logical way to do it is to give Johnson and Statham their own movies. These two characters are already established in the franchise and have their own following, an assurance for the studio that it would not go down the same path as Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift.
From an enemy, Deckard has proven himself to be a good guy and join the family in their fight to defeat Cipher. He even had his moment of redemption when he saved Dom’s baby from the clutches of the cyber terrorist and then fight his way out.
Deckard will not be going away anytime soon. Fans will likely see the character once again team up with Dom and Hobbs or even become part of the family. Statham is confident that there is still plenty of stories to tell especially regarding his relationship with his mother played by Dame Hellen Mirren.
Moreover, in a previous interview, Statham revealed that while Hobbs has definitely warmed up to Deckard, there is still a rift between the two characters. “[T]hey still want to know who’s the best, who’s the toughest, who’s the hardest,” the 49-year-old revealed.
Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, grossed $1.163 billion at the global box office. The Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-Ray copies are expected to be released by July 2017.
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