The Rock’s “Furious” Character Spin-Off Talk

Dwayne Johnson’s schedule looks pretty busy for the next few years – he recently wrapped “Baywatch” and the second season of HBO’s “Ballers,” he’s currently at work on “Fast and Furious 8,” and already has numerous other projects in the works including “Jumanji,” “Shazam,” “San Andreas 2,” “Rampage,” “Doc Savage” and more.

Now it looks like the actor may add another film to his slate – a “Fast & Furious” spinoff centering on his character Luke Hobbs. Hobbs, who joined the franchise in 2011’s “Fast Five,” has quickly become a franchise favorite.

Johnson’s producing partner Hiram Garcia spoke with this week and says that there have always been talks about a Hobbs spinoff, but the main challenge to doing it has been scheduling:

“I think there’s always been conversations for that. The scheduling of it all is a challenge but there are always talks about a potential spinoff movie and what we can do with it. DJ and I were just talking about that the other day – our visions for it. There’s a real goal for that and we can have enough fun with that where we’ve earned that now with the audience.

He’s a beloved enough character that they’d love to see what a ride with him would be like in his world. We have tons of history that we’ve crafted for this guy that we continue to sprinkle in throughout the movies. You’ll see a little bit more in this movie but ultimately we want to take that ride and spin him off and have some fun with it.”

Garcia confirms that the actor will have a much bigger role in Fast & Furious 8 after a fairly limited amount of screen time in the seventh movie.

“I’ve been in the mix with Chris Morgan, the writer, really dialing in the Hobbs character, which is one of our all-time favorite characters. Hobbs was one of the first characters we merged together on and when Fast approached [Dwayne Johnson], telling him about the character they wanted to create, [Dwayne Johnson] and I were able to sit down and craft this guy that we would just laugh out loud at the lines we would come up with.

When you can say you’re gonna put a hurt on someone so bad you’ll make their mama wish they kept their legs closed, stuff like that where we can’t even finish the line before laughing – that’s the fun we love. I love coming back into this space. On the last movie, due to schedule restraints, we were only able to play on it for a couple weeks. In this one, we’re really spread throughout the movie, so it’s great to be back up here and we’ll be back on set on Wednesday.”

This week Johnson also confirmed to Fandango that, despite not much being heard about it in a few months, the remake of “Big Trouble in Little China” with him starring is still in the works: “That’s happening, man! That’s happening, that’s happening. And again, that’s one of those things where you gotta take really good care of it.”

“Fast & Furious 8” is currently in production and will open April 14th next year.