Dwayne Johnson is teasing his (and Jason Statham’s) future with the Fast & Furious franchise, following the release of the eighth installment in the series, The Fate of the Furious. That film was met with record-breaking numbers at the box office in its opening weekend and continued to mow over the rest of the competition, independent and otherwise, in its second weekend. But while the overall story and action in The Fate of the Furious has been met with middling to mostly positive reviews from both critics and fans alike, one aspect that most everyone has agreed is the best part of the film, is the chemistry between The Rock’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard.
What started out as nothing more than a memorable confrontation in Furious 7 blossomed into one of the better love-hate relationships that the franchise has ever had. As it turns out, Universal was more than aware of the chemistry evident in the onscreen pairing as well, at one point including a post-credits scene between the two characters, and then quickly following the release of Fate, going on to begin development on a Fast & Furious spin-off film focusing on Hobbs and Deckard.
Fans aren’t the only ones excited by the news either, and in celebration of Fate of the Furious winning its second straight weekend at the box office, The Rock took to his official Instagram page to thank the fans and everyone involved in the film for its success. But before wrapping up things, he did close it out by thanking Statham for his support and enthusiasm in their scenes together, before going on to tease a “great fight” still to come in the untitled spin-off film. Take a look at the post for yourself, below:
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
After reportedly being overpowered and frustrated by Vin Diesel’s constant interventions and behind-the-scenes power on The Fate of the Furious, it’s not hard to see why The Rock is excited about finally getting to have a chance to shine as Hobbs in his own film. It’s something that fans have been asking for the Fast & Furious franchise to do, really, ever since Hobbs was introduced in Fast Five; where his rivalry with Diesel’s Dom helped to put the franchise back on its feet, and built it towards the immense popularity it’s been able to garner again over the past six years.
The addition to Statham to the spin-off film only opens it up for even more exciting, pulse-pounding possibilities. After all, before sharing the screen together in the last two Fast & Furious films, both Statham and The Rock have spent their respective careers proving themselves time and time over to be two of the best action stars working in the industry today. So giving them the chance to have a film all by themselves, where they can continue their pitch-perfect banter and revel in some more fist-to-fist action sequences can only, hopefully, mean good things for the future.