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There's a lot to love in The Fate of the Furious, but one of the most universally praised aspects of the entire film is the relationship between Hobbs (The Rock) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as they hunt Dom (Vin Diesel) around the globe. The two action icons have established themselves as one of the best pairings in the entire franchise, which has led many fans to clamor for a spin-off centering solely on their dynamic. Now it seems that director F. Gary Gray has heard these demands, and he's on board with the idea. The director recently sounded off on the possibility in a commentary track for The Fate of the Furious' newly released Blu-ray, saying:
While this is a decision that will ultimately be made by the folks at Universal, it's hard not to agree with F. Gary Gray on this matter. As the Fast and Furious franchise moves into more outlandish territory, it becomes increasingly more important to introduce characters who can convincingly convey the newly ramped up stakes. With these films moving away from street racing as a core concept, and more towards international espionage, career soldiers and spies like Shaw and Hobbs simply feel like logical focal points and protagonists for future adventures. Even if Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) continue to headline the main Fast and Furious films, a spin-off for these two alpha males still seems like a no-brainer.
Aside from their delightfully antagonistic (yet somehow brotherly) chemistry with one another, a pairing of Hobbs and Shaw could also work because they fundamentally bring two different stylistic approaches to the table when it comes to action. Elsewhere in The Fate of the Furious' commentary, F. Gary Gray highlighted the prison break sequence as a perfect example of that concept, saying:
Think about it; you would probably already be tempted to see a big, loud, and bombastic Dwayne Johnson blockbuster, as well as a more precise Jason Statham martial arts movie within the same year anyway. With a Hobbs and Shaw team-up, you will get two for the price of one. Think of the savings!
Whether or not Shaw and Hobbs will team up for an ass-kicking adventure remains to be seen, but their on-screen chemistry in The Fate of the Furious definitively proves that it could work. F. Gary Gray's Fast and Furious film is currently available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD, so make sure to pick up your copy. Beyond that, check out our movie premiere guide for more information related to 2017's major theatrical releases.