A decade ago if you told us one of the biggest movie franchises in the world would be ‘The Fast and the Furious’ then we would have slapped you silly and then laughed in your face. TechCrunch was writing that while the first film came out with no frills and all popcorn, we still enjoyed what it brought to the table. It was nice to see a collection of cool cars, cooler actors, and large set pieces. Then the series sort of diddled away for awhile, before coming back in full force with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson attached to it. Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest acting icons in the game right now and his popularity may be securing him a spin off, set in the same universe as the ‘Furious’ films.
With ‘Furious 7’ coming out to such roaring ticket numbers, it was all but a certainty that we would be seeing a ‘Furious 8’. ‘Furious 7’ may have gotten ticket sales from the fact that their lead actor Paul Walker had passed away prior to the film completing. Still, the movie eclipsed $1.5 billion dollars worldwide, blowing out expectations and becoming the key cog in making the ‘Furious’ series one of the most successful franchises of all time.
Hobbs character was introduced in Fast Five and ti was then that that series started to get huge numbers. Dwayne Johnson has been relatively hush on the idea, but it appears that a Hobbs spin off film is all but certain after ‘Fast 8’ releases in 2017.