Fast and the Furious started out as a simple car movie, starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker it won over a lot of people, and became a franchise. One that almost fizzled out before the cast was reunited and the series reinvigorated. By the time that Fast Five came around, it was a full-blown blockbuster that everyone wanted to see. And now, not only is it making millions and billions of dollars, it’s about to get a spinoff featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham. Who are two of the more recent additions to the film franchise.
Johnson talked to Entertainment Weekly about what this spinoff means to him:
“It’s been a challenging process because I feel like my intention from day one, when I first joined the cast, was to hopefully come in, have fun, and create a character that people will hopefully like and try to elevate the franchise,” Johnson said. “But in the process of elevating the franchise, I have always thought that in order for this to have real longevity and legs, we should spin out and create characters that can live on their own.”
The spinoff isn’t without controversy though, as it has delayed Fast & Furious 8, and that ticked off fellow star Tyrese Walker for some time, though apparently he has buried the hatchet.