Just because universal production pushed its next fast and furious chapter back a year does not mean the studio is sitting idle.
In fact, it is just changing gears to attention on the good deal-buzzed-about fast and furious spinoff this is meant to be a starring vehicle for Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
With fast 9 moved back to 2020, universal is now officially setting the project on the calendar for fast and furious spinoff, dating it to July 26, 2019, starting.
Chris Morgan, who has shepherded the script chores since 2006’s Toyko drift, is now writing the fast and furious spinoff so that it will attention on Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic security service agent played by Johnson, and Deckard Shaw, an assassin character who was one of the primary horrific guys in the franchise before being redeemed and becoming a member of the motley crew of antiheroes that make up the roll call.
Meanwhile, sources say that one cause for fast 9’s push was to accommodate potential director scheduling. Sources also say Justin Lin may be lining up to go back to the franchise and is the top guy to helm the core entry of fast 9.
Johnson first seemed in 2011’s fast five and has become a major role in the franchise’s rejuvenation and growth. He has starred in 4 of the 8 movies. Statham cameoed in fast and furious 6 and co-starred in the last two movies. It was during the making of the last installment, the fate of the furious, that universal production started mulling a fast and furious spinoff with the two actors after seeing their chemistry spark in the dailies.
No deals were made with the actors.
“Fast and the furious is one of Universal’s most loved properties, and we handle each decision we make surrounding this franchise with extraordinary care,” universal pictures chairman Donna Langley said to media reporter. “The worldwide brand of fast & furious is strong and full of iconic characters, and we look ahead to continuing to build on the film that started it all, in addition to expanding into different narratives starting with our first fast and furious spinoff.”
The fast & furious saga began as a 2001 mid-budget thriller that was trying to catch the fumes of the street racing culture in the San Fernando Valley across the turn of the century. However, along with the way, the movie series reinvented itself into a heist and action franchise that has seen the last two chapters — 2015’s furious 8 and 2016’s fate of the furious — gross $1.5 billion and $1.$1.2 billion, respectively. Now hoping for fast and furious spinoff.
Universal production has also turned the movies into a brand that encompasses consumer products, a theme park ride and, beginning next year, a live arena show.