While there’s so much to love in the Fast and Furious franchise, especially the later entries, one of things we’ve loved most in the last few entries was Dwayne Johnson’s character, Hobbs.
However, he was criminally underused in the last outing.
Now it looks like that’ll change in the Fast 8 and may perhaps lead to the spinoff we’ve been hearing about for the last few years.
According to producer, Hiram Garcia: “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,”
Garcia, Johnson and Morgan co-created Hobbs: “Hobbs was one of the first characters we merged together on and when Fast approached [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.”
Garcia confirms that Hobbs will be a bigger presence this time out than last time we saw him in the seventh movie where he was confined to a hospital bed for most of the movie after a fight with Jason Statham: “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.”
So what about the Hobbs movie? Will it happen?
“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.”
It certainly sounds like the plan is for there to be a Hobbs movie down the line and, out of all The Rock’s characters, he may be our favourite so we’d certainly love an all-out action movie with him just blowing up and punching bad guys.
Maybe that’s just us?
Fast & Furious 8 is set for release on April 14th, 2017.