When Furious 7 started down it’s road to $1.5 billion and still counting, speculation on Furious 8 begun. Vin Diesel made it official at CinemaCon when he announced an April 14, 2017 release date. Today was the press conference for Dwayne Johnson’s latest movie, San Andreas, so after it was over I asked him if Hobbs would be back for Furious 8. He thought for several seconds before responding affirmatively.
“Of course,” Johnson said. “Can’t go on without Hobbs.”
Since I use a digital recorder, I can confirm an exact three second pause before Johnson delivered Hobbs’ trademark bravado. Before Diesel’s announcement, Johnson had told the likes of Access Hollywood and E! News that he thought there should be some space after Furious 7. Even before Furious 6 (that’s the actual title), there was talk of a Hobbs solo movie. That is still something Johnson wants to do, but later.
“We all are interested in it,” Johnson said. “I just had a big conversation with the studio so we’ll see. I still think for me personally, we create a little bit of space from seven and gauge what the audience will want and go from there. That’s my take on it. Now a lot of other people have their own [say].”
Furious 8 would create the perfect buffer between Furious 7 and 2 Hobbs 2 Furious. San Andreas opens May 29.