It’s admittedly not surprising, but it looks like reluctant buddies Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw have another off-shoot adventure on the horizon.
During an Instagram Q&A, Dwayne Johnson revealed that development has indeed begun on a follow-up to last year’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which had Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their respective roles in a big-budget franchise spinoff.
“We are developing now the next film, the next [Hobbs & Shaw] movie, and I’m pretty excited about it,” Johnson said (via Screen Rant). The wrestler-turned-mega star said that they “just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we’re going to go.”
The first David Leitch-directed film was a hit, topping $US759 million worldwide from a large budget of an estimated $US200 million. It also fared decently with both critics and audiences, with aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes showing a 67% average from critics and an 88% audience score.
As far as the “direction” that the sequel can go, Hobbs & Shaw ensured it sprinkled in enough incredients for its own cinematic universe. Apart from introducing Shaw’s sister, Hattie (played by Vanessa Kirby), the various other characters introduced included Madame M, played by Eiza González, Hobbs’ Samoan family – particularly his brothers Jonah (Cliff Curtis) and Mateo (Roman Reigns); and the big name drops from Ryan Reynolds as CIA agent Locke and Kevin Hart as keen-to-join-the-team air marshal Dinkley. And, let’s not forget the tease of the mysterious person in charge of terrorist organisation Eteon.
It’s good news for Hobbs and Shaw fans, which I most certainly am. It offered a great time, with giddily entertaining action and the Johnson/Statham dynamic working a treat. Our writer Glenn Cochrane – who generally hasn’t cared much for the Fast & Furious franchise – was surprised with how much he enjoyed it, his review calling it “a bombastic assault on the senses with some of the most deliciously far-fetched action pieces the screen has ever beheld.”