I'm not going to lie: as much as I want Jason Statham and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Fast & Furious solo debut to contain copious amounts of face-smashing and high octane car chases, the thing I'd love the most is if they gave in to the primal desires they've been harboring for 19 movies now and admit that they really just want to rub baby oil and shark repellent on each other's muscles. How great would it be if Deckard Shaw and Luke Hobbs embarked on a sort of romantic comedy, instead of just another round of guns and gasoline?
Well, it sounds like my wish may be one step closed to coming true, as Statham's selling the film as a full-on laugh fest in his latest talk with EW:
“They’re developing the script right now, so I can’t give you any spoilers on that one. Listen, Dwayne’s got a big appetite for action, and he’s got a great appetite for humor, and I’m sure it will be brimming with both of those things.”
"Brimming with humor", eh? Statham even went on to praise David Leitch (John Wick), who is helming the stand-alone entry into this F&F universe:
"“You might have seen Atomic Blonde. He’s got [Deadpool 2] coming out. He’s a really talented guy, and to be working with someone that I’ve known for so long is a big bonus for me. I’ve trained with [Leitch and Stahelski] for years. 87Eleven’s been a part of my life for a long long time. I know all the stunt guys up there, and I’ve been in and out of that place for as long as I can remember. They’re great lads.”
While it's neat to hear Statham - possibly the greatest physical performer outside of Asian cinema - heaping kudos on Leitch, I'd like to hear more about this humor. What if we got like a Thelma & Louise type picture with Shaw and Hobbs, where they do away with everyone but each other forever. Just imagine The Rock's big, meaty paw taking hold of Statham's as they drive over a cliff, hearts aflame screaming "FUCK VIN DIESEL!" at the top of their lungs. A boy can dream.
I guess we'll find out next summer, when the Fast & Furious spin-off is supposed to hit theaters. In the meantime, you should go watch Jason Statham punch sharks in The Meg after The Rock eats a building in Skyscraper. 2018 is wild.