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No matter how you may feel about Justin Lin's 'Fast Five,' it's hard to deny that the best new addition to the franchise was the DSS agent Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Johnson was already a box office draw before signing on to this lucrative franchise, and he has easily found his way into the next two sequels. 'Fast and Furious 6' is due in theaters this May, and now it looks like Agent Hobbs is going to get his own movie. Speaking with Empire, Johnson indicated that the spin-off was a done deal, and that it was just a matter of time.
"[It could arrive] possibly after this one or after the next one, possibly, I’m not quite too sure. I know that’s the goal and we continue to build that character and have him take shape. But yes, I can’t wait."
Oh boy, now we're getting 'Fast and the Furious' spin-offs? The weird thing about this situation is that the first couple of sequels to the 2001 film already felt like spin-offs. They took the most popular character, Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, out of the equation for '2 Fast 2 Furious;' making Paul Walker's character the central figure. Then 'Tokyo Drift' took an entirely different direction further removed from the world of the first film. It wasn't until the fourth movie in the series that the notable parties were reunited and it finally felt like a direct followup. Now they're splitting things off again? How long do they really expect these movies to continue making money? Again, I really liked The Rock's Agent Hobbs. He was a hard-hitting, quip-spitting, caricature of law enforcement antagonists in films where we root for the anti-heroes. My concern is that his spin-off is going to feel overstretched, threadbare. However, I suppose it all depends on how well 'Fast 6' turns out.
What do you guys think? Would you watch a spin-off centering on The Rock's character? Where could they take the story so it doesn't feel like white noise?