Johnson, Statham, Theron eyed for 'Fast and Furious' spin-off

Since the premiere of Fast and the Furious in 2001, the thrilling auto racing franchise has wracked in the dough at the box office. The 8th movie made more money in the first weekend than any other movie on opening weekend. Dwayne Johnson will reportedly be joined by Jason Statham and Charlize Theron. "But I think when we got to 5 then it became a bit more of a big heist movie, big worldwide heist movie, then we realized that we had something that we could probably keep going with".

Deadline reports that a Fast & Furious spin-off movie featuring U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is officially being developed at Universal. I pointed out in an editorial recently that Vin Diesel's Dom has become something of a wet blanket for the series, while Johnson's Hobbs and Statham's Shaw were what really made Fate a fun and compelling movie.

Universal Pictures' eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise earned $38.7 million in North American theaters over the weekend, down 61 percent from its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"The Fast and the Furious" franchise is identified for frolicking with characters' passing just like Letty, who eventually came back when the story exposed that she was actually alive.

Fast 8 is directed by F. Gary Grey and written by Chris Morgan.

Spin-off films have been suggested before as a way to keep the Fast & Furious films going. "So I'm happy that we're here in New York City, I'm happy the fans love it". "This is the interlude between the spring movie season and what promises to be the biggest summer movie season ever". It stars the trio of Diesel, Johnson, and Statham along with the other members of the "Furious" team sans Paul Walker who died on November 30, 2013, in a vehicle crash.

Disney has Marvel. Warner Bros. has DC, and Universal has The Fast and the Furious.

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