The Fast & Furious franchise is bigger than ever. Not only did the original street racing series release its eighth movie with at least two more on the way, but a spinoff focusing on two of the more interesting characters was announced. Since the announcement of a Hobbs and Shaw movie starring Dwayne Johnsons and Jason Statham, we haven’t heard anything since, until today. After a few rumors and much speculation, John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has been confirmed to take the helm of the first ever Fast & Furious spinoff.
This franchise is Universal’s bread and butter, and while the series doesn’t need any kind of extra fire to get it going, locking down one of the best working action director’s is something that could change the anticipation overnight. This is a massive, high-octane movie, and they just got a massive, high-octane director to gas it across the finish line.
Out of the many things F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious did, it established a very unlikely bromance between Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw. The two are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum, but that’s why their relationship became instantly exciting. Not to mention the pure chemistry between Johnson and Statham, their banter back-and-forth is easily the biggest reason this movie is as anticipated as it is.
Screenwriter Chris Morgan, who is responsible for every script since Tokyo Drift, turned in the first draft for the spinoff. Nothing else at this time is available, but hopefully this will be the first of many updates moving forward. What do you think of Leitch directing the spinoff? How excited are you to see Johnson and Statham co-star together? Universal has set the spinoff for July 26th, 2019.