With Furious 7 about to cross the $1.5 billion mark at the Worldwide box office it’s no surprise that information surrounding the next installment of the full throttle franchise is already coming out.
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) himself has already stated that Fast & Furious 8 has been green-lit and stamped with a spring 2017 release date.
During a press conference, promoting his next film San Andreas, action star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (Luke Hobbs) talked about his future in the F&F world. The former People’s Champ confirmed his return for the eighth installment saying, “Of course. It can’t go on without Hobbs”.
Johnson also addressed the buzz surrounding a potential Hobbs spin-off:
“We all are interested in it. I just had a big conversation with the studio. So we’ll see. I still think for me personally we’ve created a little bit of space for him in 7 and the gauge is set for what the audience will want. That’s my take on it, you know, but a lot of other people have to have input.”
With the huge success of Furious 7 and the continued popularity that the series has seen, now would be the perfect time for the studio to look into things like spin-offs and expanding the team, introducing new characters to branch out into more of a Cinematic Universe perhaps. That certainly is feasible given the amount of money these movies have brought in and their ability to draw the crowds.
Whatever the studio decides to go with it’s clear that this franchise will be around for a while yet.
What are your thoughts on more Fast & Furious movies? Can you enjoy them as much without Paul Walker?
Would you be up for more of Hobbs?
You can still catch Furious 7 in cinemas right now.
Expect to see the next installment April, 2017.