The Fast and Furious franchise revolves around illegal street racing, heists, and family. The first film was released in 2001, and the most recent sequel came out in 2021. With this widely successful franchise, the series’s main characters had a chance to negotiate with the producers. But did you know that Jason Statham and Dwayne The Rock Johnson’s contracts had a special kind of request?
Jason Statham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have contracts that stipulate that they cannot lose in the movies’ fight scenes. The agreements also went as far as limiting the number of punches their characters can take and how badly they can be hurt on-screen.
How Did the Special Conditions Start?
Everything started when Vin Diesel, the longest-running star of the franchise, developed a complex system of assigning numerical values to each hit and blow incurred by an actor on set. Each move in a fight scene, like punches, headbutts, and kicks, was tabulated to gauge who would win.
Michael Fottell, the producer of the film, confirmed with the Wall Street Journal that the fight scenes were carefully choreographed beforehand to make sure that the fights were not biased. But even if they did their part in making sure the scenes weren’t one-sided, Diesel had his younger sister, who is also a producer of the series, count the number of hits each actor was taking to ensure that the fight was not lopsided. (Source: GQ)
Jason Statham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Contract Conditions
In the most recent installation of the Fast and Furious franchise, Jason Statham and Dwayne The Rock Johnson had clauses in their contract that prohibited them from losing in a fight scene and from being beaten up too badly.
In 2017, when the Fate of the Furious came out, Johnson had tweaked the script to have his character sit down on the floor rather than lying down after taking a beating in a fight. (Source: GQ)
Will There Be A New Movie Under the Series?
In an interview with Variety, Vin Diesel confirmed that writers have been working on a Fast and Furious spinoff featuring Charlize Theron’s character. While the film is currently untitled, the spinoff is said to feature women leads. This installation is being developed by writers Nicole Perman, Lindsay Beer, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. (Source: Variety)
The producers have also confirmed that Hobbs & Shaw will have a sequel. In the next film, producer Hiram Garcia confirmed that the unresolved plot points would be addressed. The sequel is said to be currently in active development, with Chris Morgan as the screenwriter. However, Johnson said in December 2021 that he would not be returning to the Fast and Furious franchise.
I was very surprised by Vin’s recent post. This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem.Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson