Great news: David Leitch is apparently the frontrunner for Dwayne Johnson’s “Fast and Furious” spin-off movie.
The “Fast and Furious” franchise has long been a ridiculous series of over-the-top stunts and stupid machismo. Everything about these movies is eye-rollingly dumb, which is ultimately half of the appeal of watching bald men drive around in fast cars.
The challenge is doing something different with the spin-off that actually justifies the idea of giving Hobbs and Shaw (played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham respectively) their own movie together.
If this is just follows the standard “Fast and Furious” formula, it’ll feel like a bit of a disappointment, as it’ll be just a typical movie in the series, but without the majority of the characters that audiences have grown to care about.
So what’s the solution? Apparently, the new movie will attempt to go heavy on the action scenes, and that feels inspired.
Let “Fast and Furious” main series films be the ones with car parachutes and helicopter stunts. Make the Hobbs and Shaw movies about hand-to-hand brutal violence as the pair punch, kick, and slap their way through waves of opponents.
Make this movie “John Wick” but with characters that actually have charisma. Put to good use the inherent hand-to-hand talents that Johnson and Statham have been perfecting over the years.
Yes, there should be cars in this movie too, but if the bulk of the setpieces revolve around gritty, street level fisticuffs, this film has the potential to be even more appealing than the main line “Fast and Furious” series, despite (or, perhaps, because of) its lack of Vin Diesel.
It’s been clear for a long time now that The Rock and Jason Statham are both far more capable actors that Diesel, and forcing them to play second fiddle to Dominic Toretto feels like a waste.
Let’s give these two action stars an opportunity to pulverize some guys, and see just what can be achieved when a “Fast and Furious” movie doesn’t need to be all about the stupid car chases.