After watching the latest entrant in the Fast and Furious franchise, The Fate of The Furious or Fast and Furious 8, as it is commonly known as, one thing that stood out the most for me was the banter between Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). I even wrote about the same in the review of the film and wished to see a spin-off with these two. And turns out my wish has been heard. For a quite sometime now Universal Pictures, the makers of the series are toying the idea of a spin-off with Dwayne Johnson’s character and looks like they have zeroed in on an idea. According to a report by Deadline, “This is in early stages, but they’ve met on the concept, which sources said will be scripted by Chris Morgan, the chief writer of the series that is hitting new heights with the eighth installment. The idea is for Johnson’s U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs to form an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Decker Shaw for a movie that conceivably could be made while they are figuring the next Fast film.”

They also reported that the writer Chris Morgan hasn’t started scripting the spin-off yet and they are still in the process. Also read: War Is Over! Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson to return for Fast and Furious 9

Earlier The Wrap had reported that, “The end credit scene at the very end of the mega-sequel that would have featured his co-stars, Johnson and Jason Statham, was cut. The tag would have kept their banter going — but Diesel intervened, according to people close to the production. Producer Neal Moritz had the tag filmed without Diesel’s knowledge, the insiders said. When executive producer Samantha Vincent, Diesel’s sister, learned of the scene and told Diesel, he became enraged, according to the insiders. They said Diesel then called the film’s studio, NBC Universal, to explosively air his grievances. The studio had all the theatrical prints recalled and cut the scene, the insiders said.” It was later reported that the scene will be the part of its DVD release. Also read: Fast and Furious, Jurassic World, The Avengers – 5 Hollywood franchises that are a threat to Bollywood at the box office

They also reported about the scene, “The deleted scene is a nod to “Rocky 3’s” fight at the end between Rocky and Apollo. Hobbs and Shaw face off and right before they connect fists they stop, look at one another and one of them goes, “Why are we fighting? We should be working together instead of for that idiot.”And “that idiot” is none other than Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel.”

(with text inputs from Deadline and The Wrap )