Fast & Furious fans, it looks like we are due for the ultimate match of brute strength vs. tactical precision in the next installment of the franchise.
Just passing the second week of its release, The Fate of the Furious has become just the 30th movie ever to surpass the $1 billion mark at the box office, which of course means there will be more movies in store.
The latest buzz surrounding the franchise suggests that the next film will be a spinoff, where the two main characters are Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Ever since Johnson’s oily muscles and tight T-shirts entered the series for Fast Five he pumped new life into the franchise. The same goes for Statham when he provided a legitimate villain in Furious 7.
While Johnson has not confirmed the spinoff—it’s only in its planning stages, if anything, according to a Deadline report—Johnson’s suggestion that Hobbs and Shaw would brawl once more certainly suggests that Universal Studios is on the right track.
“One fine day, we will give the audience what they want and fight,” Johnson wrote in the caption. “And it will be the greatest fight in the history of movies.” He didn’t explicitly confirm if that fight would be in a traditional Fast & Furious film or spinoff, but common sense would point to the latter.
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