Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray is positive that a Fast & Furious spin-off featuring Dwayne ” The Rock” Johnson’s Agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw Deckard will happen. In an interview included in the home release of the eighth installment of the racing-heist movie.
The Uncanny Partners
Because Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) has allied with the cyber terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) and became the villain of Fate of the Furious, the movie allowed other characters to become at the forefront of the actions. However, the hilarious exchanges between Johnson’s Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard that stole the show.
According to rumors, a spin-off starring the two characters are seriously being considered at Universal Pictures. And, recently, Gray has spoken about the potential next movie.
“You could just feel the energy between the two,” the filmmaker stated in the Blu-Ray commentary (via Cinema Blend). “I think something’s going to come out of it, you know? We’ll see, but I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing a two-hander between Shaw and Hobbs.”
People certainly want to see Johnson and Statham in their own movie. In Fate of the Furious, from adversary, Statham’s Deckard became a part of the family when he helped the family take down Cipher and then save Dom’s son (while fighting off a bunch of goons in a plane) from the cyberterrorist.
The Fast & Furious has also become the most profitable movie franchise under Universal. After Fate of the Furious, there are only two movies from the current series will be released and the studio understandably wants to make more installments as long as the franchise keeps reeling money in. After the critical and commercial disappointment of The Mummy, the first movie from the Dark Universe, the studio would want to keep making Fast & Furious movies.
Johnson – Statham Chemistry
Gray also talked about the memorable scene that cemented what would become an unlikely partnership. The scene was one of the toughest to film, according to Gray in a previous interview, but also one that left a lasting impression. He discussed how the precision of Statham’s parkour went well with Johnson’s brute force on the big screen.
“This parkour approach that Jason Statham is displaying is showing how really dangerous yet, it’s not choreographed, it’s just something kind of dangerously elegant about what he’s doing with his parkour approach to kicking the shit out of everyone,” he explained. “This guy is real precise, which is completely the opposite to what The Rock’s doing. He has this kind of Godzilla thing where it’s all brute force and he’s just going to walk through the wall. He’s not doing anything elegant, he’s just going to remove anything or anyone in his way.”
The Fast & Furious Franchise Expands
In another interview, Fast & Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan gave an update regarding the Hobbs-Deckard spin-off. He commented that, right now, there is not much to report, but he did say that the studio has every plans to expand the franchise.
“We’re still in the stages of having conversations about that,” he told Toronto Sun, ” but the world is definitely expanding.”
He also commented that Theron’s Cipher might also reappear in the franchise. The screenwriter stated that he wants to explore more about the villainess’ back story in a future movie.
Morgan will also be involved in the project. Whether other characters from the main series will also appear in the planned spin-off remains to be seen. Right now, the fate of the Hobbs-Deckard movie lies on whether Johnson and Statham can find the time to make the planned movie. Both actors have a busy schedule ahead as they headline their own blockbuster movies as well as work on Fast 9 and Fast 10.
Fate of the Furious is now available on Digital HD, DVD and Blu-Ray.
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