Anyone interested in seeing a Fast and Furious spinoff starring The Rock as Luke Hobbs? According to Vin Diesel something like that might actually happen. (And knowing The Rock, there’s no way he’d turn down a potential blockbuster role like that. Bro makes, what, 50 movies a year?)
The “Fast and Furious” franchise may take a page from “Star Wars” and Marvel. Producer and star Vin Diesel tells Variety that the team behind the fast cars and criminals series is in the preliminary stages of developing prequels and spinoffs.
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” said Diesel. “We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.”
The actor did not say which characters would get their own standalone films, but in the past, Dwayne Johnson has hinted that he’d like to see his character, Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, branch out into independent adventures.
Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley confirmed that they were looking at ways to make the already huge franchise even bigger and there have already been discussions.
“We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now,” said Langley. “It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.”
Oh, those spinoffs and prequels would be in addition to the already planned THREE Fast and Furious sequels, bringing the main storyline up to an unheard of these days 10 films in the series.
Says Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, ““Everything has an end, so I don’t think our expectation is we’re going to have a hundred of them…To me Fast and Furious has become no different than a beloved series that comes on every year.”
A beloved series that is making more money now than it ever has, which also might have something to do with these grand plans.