Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson teases that the future Fast & Furious films will greatly expand the franchise. All of this is, of course, coming off of one of the franchise's biggest successes yet with the release of The Fate of the Furious last month, which broke international box office records in mere weeks, and has guaranteed that the franchise will have a substantial presence in the summer box office season for the foreseeable future. Those films won't just be sequels to the main Fast & Furious saga either.
In fact, quickly following the film's release, Universal announced work on a new spin-off film focusing entirely on The Rock's Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw. The announcement came as a result of the two actors' energetic chemistry and banter in The Fate of the Furious, which most critics and fans agreed almost stole the entire film out from the rest of the cast members (even if the movie itself might have received lukewarm reviews overall).
While recently speaking with Fandango as well, The Rock was asked if the project is, indeed, going to be happening. While the actor wouldn't vocally confirm that the film is happening, when the interviewer asked The Rock to "flex his pecs" one time if it is, he went on to subtly do it multiple times during the interview, before talking about how excited he is for the future of the Fast & Furious films:
“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. 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."
Now, whether or not Johnson flexing his pecs is an official confirmation that the spin-off will happen or not will have to wait to be seen, though, he clearly had a lot of fun staying vague on the topic. But judging by his comments here, it looks more and more like Universal may be considering making less and less traditional Fast & Furious films in the future; ones that may not necessarily revolve entirely around Vin Diesel's Dom or the entire main Furious crew.
That's not much of a bad thing, especially since in the years following his Fast & Furious debut in 2011's Fast Five, fans have been asking for Hobbs to play more of a role in the future films. So while onset tensions between The Rock and Vin Diesel may have caused a bit of a stir amongst the fans, it doesn't look like Hobbs' presence in future Fast & Furious films is going to lessen at all. It's looking more and more like the opposite, in fact, and if that includes a spin-off film featuring Johnson and Statham causing mayhem and fighting crime for two hours, it's very likely that the Fast & Furious franchise may be in for yet another welcome jolt of energy in the coming years.
- The Fate of the Furious (2017) release date: Apr 14, 2017
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