The Fast and Furious spin-off has begun production

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at Universal Pictures Premiere of 'Furious 7'' at the TLC Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, on April 1, 2015 in Los Angeles.CA (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at Universal Pictures Premiere of 'Furious 7'' at the TLC Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, on April 1, 2015 in Los Angeles.CA (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) /
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The Fast and Furious saga, which started in 2001, has evolved spawning eight installments with more to follow grossing over $3.9 billion worldwide. The spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, which Universal has now begun production for is slated for a release date of July 26, 2019.

Universal is now working on a Fast and Furious spin-off, which doesn’t have a name yet, but the working title is called Hobbs and Shaw. Dwayne Johnson posted this week that production has begun, with director David M Leitch at the helm.

Dwayne Johnson was introduced in the Fast and Furious installment Fast Five portrayed as Luke Hobbs. Jason Statham (Ian Shaw) was introduced at the post-end credit scene of Fast and Furious 6 of killing Han, portrayed by Sung Kang, in the car that was on fire.

I saw the chemistry of Dwayne and Jason together, which I’m sure is what Universal likely noticed and the reason why a spin-off is in the works. Johnson also has been making money from his latest hits, Jumanji, Rampage, and Skyscraper, so it gives Universal more trust. Unfortunately, Universal has pushed Fast and Furious 9 release date to April 10, 2020 instead of April 19, 2019.

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I prefer that they only did Fast and Furious installments, rather than spin-offs, but who am I kidding? I’ll still watch the spin-off as I can’t resist. Who doesn’t like these kind of movies?

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There was a melt down from Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) expressing his frustration and threatening Johnson that if he’s in Fast and Furious 9, he won’t be part of it. Months later, Gibson told Van Lahan’s The Red Pill on SoundCloud regretted this saying it was unprofessional to go public about the feud and he was taking some medication that influenced him to be like this.

Hopefully nothing will be awkward should Dwayne reprise his role on Fast and Furious 9, as he also had a feud with Vin Diesel as they kept clashing onset, although it wouldn’t be an issue to me if he didn’t return as he wasn’t a fundamental character.

Dwayne told Josh Eels of Rolling Stone:

"“Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer,” he says in the interview. “And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach movie-making and collaborating.”"

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Hobbs And Shaw is slated for an US release date of July 26, 2019.