Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's quickly risen to the top of the roster when it comes to Hollywood action movies in recent years. Beginning his career in the WWE and developing a strong fan base for the eyebrow-raising wrestler, it was a number of years before he branched out into the world of movies, with a brief big screen debut in 2001's The Mummy Returns, before starring in the poorly received The Scorpion King a year later.
But it wasn't long before Johnson began to establish himself as a bigger (both brand-wise and in a literal, physical sense) name and nabbing roles in The Rundown and Walking Tall. It wasn't until his more mainstream and successful appearances - Get Smart and The Other Guys - meant people began to take the actor seriously, even though ironically the aforementioned roles were comedic ones, and his popularity exploded with Fast Five in 2011. Since his role of the badass Hobbs was born, Johnson's been in two more Fast & Furious films, the HBO TV show Ballers, and has a number of projects in the pipeline (Disney's Moana, Baywatch, and a Jumanji reboot to name a few) - and in 2016, he's now established himself as one of the biggest stars on the planet.
Cue production of Fast 8. Despite the towering actor featuring prominently in the new film, he's yet to make his way onto the set yet. Instead, he's been promoting new flick Central Intelligence alongside Kevin Hart, but it's not stopped Seven Bucks Productions producer, Hiram Garcia, who was also the consulting producer for Fast 7 from discussing the prospect of a Hobbs spinoff with Comic Book. "I've been in the mix with Chris Morgan, the writer, really dialing in the Hobbs character, which is one of our all-time favorite characters," Garcia revealed to the site.
In fact, the character of Hobbs was a creation from the collective minds of Garcia, Morgan, and Johnson himself, so it's only natural that they'd want to take things a step further with the beefy role. Johnson recently teased about the idea of a spinoff, too. Garcia subsequently had this to say:
"Hobbs was one of the first characters we merged together on and when Fast approached [Dwayne Johnson], telling him about the character they wanted to create, [Dwayne Johnson] and I were able to sit down and craft this guy that we would just laugh out loud at the lines we would come up with. When you can say you're gonna put a hurt on someone so bad you'll make their mama wish they kept their legs closed, stuff like that where we can't even finish the line before laughing - that's the fun we love."
It's clear to see that all involved see the value of the Hobbs character (both creatively and financially) and how much potential it has - and it's kind of reassuring knowing the time and effort that went into creating the persona we see on-screen. For many fans, Hobbs is a firm favorite, with his intimidating stature able to hold his own in a fight with Jason Statham, as well as being responsible for some of the Fast & Furious franchise's funniest one-liners.
Significantly though, Garcia's confident he is more than capable of spinning off into a standalone movie, which would have massive potential if the Fast & Furious franchise's profits are anything to go by. "A hundred percent," Garcia says, when quizzed about a Hobbs spinoff film:
"I think there's always been conversations for that. The scheduling of it all is a challenge but there are always talks about a potential spinoff movie and what we can do with it. DJ and I were just talking about that the other day - our visions for it. There's a real goal for that and we can have enough fun with that where we've earned that now with the audience. He's a beloved enough character that they'd love to see what a ride with him would be like in his world. We have tons of history that we've crafted for this guy that we continue to sprinkle in throughout the movies. You'll see a little bit more in this movie but ultimately we want to take that ride and spin him off and have some fun with it."
There's no question that many fans of the action movie series would be down for a Hobbs solo outing, but it'll be something Johnson himself will be totally game for too. Anyone who follows the former WWE star on Instagram will be aware of his amazing dedication and commitment to his overall career, the movies he makes, and of course the fans that are always there to support him. Despite being one of the most in-demand names in the world, Johnson finds ways to keep grounded and remains grateful for every opportunity he gets and creates for himself. Would Johnson be willing to commit to a recurring role (and potential new action movie franchise) for years to come? You bet.
Fast 8 opens in U.S. theaters on April 17th, 2017, followed by Fast and Furious 9 on April 19th, 2019, and Fast and Furious 10 on April 2nd, 2021.
Source: Comic Book