FAST AND THE FURIOUS: Universal Considering Developing Spinoff Starring Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham
The Fate of the Furious is currently the biggest movie in the world, and it’s easy to attribute some of that success to stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, who have a rivalry — and unexpected understanding — in the film, the eighth installment in the hit Fast and the Furious franchise. According to reports, Universal is “considering” a spinoff centered around Luke Hobbs (Johnson), Deckard Shaw (Statham) and even Cypher (Charlize Theron), the cyber-terrorist villain who causes trouble for Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and family in The Fate of the Furious.
“Plans for a spin-off are so preliminary that no script has been written and all three actors are far from committed to coming on board,” Variety reports. “The idea of a spin-off has been thrown around ever since Johnson’s character entered the franchise in Fast Five, given the instant popularity of his character.” Statham joined the series in an end-credits scene in Fast & Furious 6, setting up an appearance as the main villain of Furious 7.
Should the spinoff move forward, it could possibly revolve around Hobbs and Shaw joining forces to track down Theron’s Cypher. Because of the schedules involved — especially that of busy A-list star Dwayne Johnson, who has Rampage, Skyscraper, and The Jungle Cruise in the works — a start date could be far off. The Fate of the Furious, the start of a new (and supposedly final) trilogy in the saga, will be followed up by the currently untitled Fast and the Furious 9 (April 19th, 2019) and Fast and Furious 10 (April 2nd, 2021).
The Fate of the Furious is currently holding a $908.4 million dollar global box office haul and is expected to race past the $1 billion mark this week.