The Fast & Furious films have long since pivoted from street racing dramas to massive action juggernauts with the occasional car chase, and that evolution has made room for a lot of extra star power. In the years since Fast Five blew up the franchise, the series has added Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and, of course, the dynamic duo of Jason Statham and Dwayne “Always The Rock In Our Hearts” Johnson.
Johnson’s been a very big and very entertaining part of the films since Fast Five, but ever since Statham came along in Furious 7 they both seem to be having more fun. Their scenes together are the highlights of both Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious. The latest film also lays the groundwork for more common ground between the characters that could be explored in future installments. If you walked out of the theater wishing you could have a movie that’s just about Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw, you’re not alone. Universal Pictures was apparenty thinking the same thing.
Deadline reports that Fast and Furious executives at the studio are considering a Hobbs/Shaw spinoff flick scripted by Chris Morgan, the franchise’s primary writer. At this point the project is just in the meetings stage, so there’s no guarantee it will happen but the studio has been mulling the possibility of spinoffs in the franchise for some time now. Having this franchise in your corner feels like a license to print money, after all. Not only that but Johnson and Statham are both action supserstars with names that remain bankable well beyond the boundaries of the main series.
This idea makes a lot of sense, and not just because both men are box office draws. Whenever Johnson and Statham are onscreen in the Furious films, it almost feels like another movie is happening. Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and his crew are skilled drivers, hackers and thieves, but Hobbs and Shaw are practically superheroes. In Fate of the Furious (Spoilers), Hobbs does things like beat a guy up while using another guy as a club. Meanwhile, during the film’s climax, Shaw kills a bunch of guys on a plane while carrying and entertaining a human baby. It’s safe to say these two are on another level.
And sure, the spinoff might not make sense in the grander context of the Toretto family saga, but who cares? The Rock and Jason Statham Punch Everything would make a trillion dollars.