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Fast & Furious spin-off with The Rock & Statham is ON!

After initial reports that a Fate of the Furious end credits scene teasing a team-up between Dwayne Johnson’s Agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw was removed at the last minute, Deadline is now reporting that Universal Pictures has just begun development on that idea as the first Furious spin-off movie!

Series screenwriter Chris Morgan has signed on to pen the spin-off, though he has yet to begin writing as they are still in early stages. No word yet on whether Universal will use the footage they already shot as a teaser for the project. The Fate of the Furious has so far earned an incredible $685 million going into its second weekend, and is expected to continue to rock the worldwide box office. Fate is still set to open in Poland and Romania today and in Japan on April 28.
Jason Statham will next be seen in the giant shark thriller MEG, which is set to open next year, although his plan to return for The Expendables 4 may be in limbo now that Sylvestor Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have walked off that project. Meanwhile The Rock continues to have one of the busiest dance cards in town, with Baywatch and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle both opening this year. Johnson is also expected to return as Hobbs in Fast 9, and has plans to make Rampage, Skyscraper, Jungle Cruise and Doc Savage. There’s also Shazam! AND a solo Black Adam movie for DC Films.
The F. Gary Gray-directed The Fate of the Furious stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. It has been referred to as the first part of a new, concluding trilogy for the long-running series.
Are you glad Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are gonna team up for a Furious spin-off? Are you more looking forward to Fast 9? Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: Variety adds that Charlize Theron could be part of the Furious spin-off as well, and that “the concept would be Johnson and Statham teaming up to go after Theron’s character.”
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‘Fast and Furious’ Spin-Off with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham Arrives in 2019; Shane Black Could Direct




The crackling chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Fate of the Furious is finally paying off. The two actors will be getting their own Fast and Furious spin-off centered around their characters, Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and former villain Deckard Shaw (Statham).
All of Universal Pictures’ recent moves — and Tyrese Gibson’s nonsensical Instagram postings — are starting to come together with this news. With Fast and Furious 9 pushed back to 2020, that leaves room for Universal to switch gears to a Hobbs and Shaw spin-off, which will presumably consist of them flexing their rippling muscles through tight T-shirts and fighting off goons with a baby on their arm.

The starring vehicle for Johnson and Statham will have a script penned by Chris Morgan, who has written nearly every Fast and Furious script since Tokyo Drift, and a scheduled release date of July 26, 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film remains untitled.
No director has been named yet for the spin-off, but Variety reports that The Nice Guys director Shane Black is one of the directors being eyed to helm the project. Black would be an inspired pick, as the director has a keen understanding of offbeat buddy comedies, which this Hobbs and Shaw spin-off will assuredly be.

Universal has apparently been pondering a spin-off of the two muscleheads since the shooting of this year’s Fate of the Furious, with TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez reporting that a short tag had been filmed in which Hobbs and Shaw consider going off on their own adventures away from Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) team — a backdoor pilot for a spin-off, as it were. But sources say that Diesel caught wind of the scene being shot without his knowledge, and ordered it to be cut.
While the unlikely friendship between Johnson and Statham has only been growing, all has not been well in the Fast family. Talks of this spin-off may have been one of the elements that fueled the Johnson-Diesel “candy ass” saga, while Fast and Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson has been hinting at and bemoaning Johnson’s spin-off on social media for months.
But the spin-off’s biggest affront to the Fast family is one that hasn’t been said by any of the stars: Justice for Han. Statham’s character Shaw was the main villain of Furious 7, terrorizing the Toretto crew in retribution for rendering his brother — the Fast & Furious 6 Big Bad — comatose. Deckard Shaw is revealed to be behind Han’s (Sung Kang) death in Tokyo, a fact that most of the crew seem to have inexplicably forgiven him for by the time he redeems himself in Fate of the Furious. Honestly, I could not bring myself to enjoy Shaw’s redemption in Fate (baby-protecting fight scene and all!) because of his actions with Han, the true best character in the Fast and Furious franchise. I will only be on board with this spin-off if it entails Han coming back from the dead and becoming Shaw’s worst nightmare.
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Promises "A Lot Of Surprises" For FAST & FURIOUS Spin-off

Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson opens up about his upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off, giving fans the slightest tease to get hyped while also talking about how the project came about.




We don't know much about Universal's Fast & Furious spin-off starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the star of the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle gave fans of the action-racing franchise something to get excited about.

"We've got a lot of surprises," Johnson teased. Johnson, who joined the franchise in 2011's Fast Five, also provided some background on the spin-off and how it came to fruition.
“It’s been a challenging process because I feel like my intention from day one, when I first joined the cast, was to hopefully come in, have fun, and create a character that people will hopefully like and try to elevate the franchise,” Johnson explained. “But in the process of elevating the franchise, I have always thought that in order for this to have real longevity and legs, we should spin out and create characters that can live on their own.”

The Fast & Furious franchise has been a monster hit for Universal, with the studio weighing a potential spin-off since the release of Fast & Furious 6 in 2013. However, it wasn't until this year's Fate of the Furious the production on the project really kicked into gear. Franchise veteran Chris Morgan is writing the script, with Johnson himself teasing some "big stars" lined up for the spin-off.
“At the end of the day, the only thing I want to do is make a great movie for the fans," he said.
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DEADPOOL 2 Director Eyed To Take The Helm Of The Rock's Planned FAST & FURIOUS Spinoff

Dwayne Johnson helped take the Fast & Furious franchise to another level and is currently developing a spinoff which will revolve around Hobbs and Jason Statham's character. Now, it may have a director...




Following the debut of the first full-length trailer for Deadpool 2/The Untitled Deadpool Sequel, all the signs are pointing to the movie being something very special indeed. John Wick co-director David Leitch took over from Tim Miller and he may have already lined up a new gig in the form of the Fast & Furious spinoff which looks set to revolve around Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham's characters.

Those two have shown that they have a great deal of chemistry as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, so it's easy to see why Universal is interested in moving forward with this project before Fast & Furious 9.

Chris Morgan penned the screenplay for the spinoff and it makes sense for Leitch to be hired here; after all, he's worked with Statham four times in the past (he served as a fight designer and second unit director on The Mechanic) and Deadpool 2 should be a hit. Seeing the filmmaker bring his unique brand of action to a movie revolving around The Rock and Statham would be an awful lot of fun.

Do you have any interest in the spinoff? As always, let us know your thoughts down below.
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Dwayne Johnson’s Fast & Furious Spinoff Sets Filming Start Date













Action fans can rejoice now that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw has set a start date to begin filming. Johnson breathed new life in to the Fast & Furious franchise after joining in Fast 5. After the increased success of each sequel and a cast of hard to contain egos, it’s no surprise that Johnson’s U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs would get his own story without his Furious family.
Hobbs and Saw will feature Johnson teaming up with fellow action movie staple and Furious cast member Jason Statham, who is reprising Deckard Shaw. The two actors demonstrated undeniable chemistry while working together on the Furious franchise. While Statham’s Shaw was one of the bad guys when he was first introduced in Furious 7, he worked alongside Hobbs and the Furious family in Fast 8. Clearly the powers that be saw a goldmine of opportunity in teaming the two action heroes up for a standalone movie, even if other cast members weren’t in agreement.






Omega Underground is reporting that filming of Hobbs and Shaw is set to begin in September, with Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch set to direct.The timing makes sense with Johnson set to wrap up his role in Disney’s Jungle Cruise in August. The Rock previously defended the spinoff film, which garnered criticism due to its timing from fellow Furious actors. Johnson expressed his goal was to help the franchise grow by creating a fun character for the fans to enjoy.



Johnson has certainly drawn a lot of criticsm for pursuing this spinoff movie for his character, especially from Furious cast mate Tyrese Gibson. Gibson publicly called out Johnson and accused him of putting his own personal interests ahead of the rest of the cast by delaying production on the ninth Furious installment in favor of his own spinoff. After a heated feud between Gibson and Johnson (where the former even threatened to quit the franchise), all parties seemed to have moved on now. Gibson revealed the feud was over last November after having a conversation with one of Johnson’s associates.





Johnson’s latest vehicle, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has already earned more than $900 million worldwide, with a sequel in the works. Johnson has become a bit of box office gold, ranking second on Forbes list of top-grossing actors in 2017, making it a no brainer to capitalize on his popularity with the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff. Johnson is also a savvy business man who knows how to consistently build his own brand.
Not a lot is known about the plot behind Hobbs and Shaw, other than Johnson and Statham still have undeniable chemistry. Maybe we’ll see more physical action than that of the car chase variety in this movie, something that seems to be a bit more of both Johnson and Statham’s strong point. It’s also been rumored that Charlize Theron may reprise her role as Cipher in the spin-off, which wouldn’t come as a huge surprise given the fact that her Atomic Blonde director Leitch is calling the shots.
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Dwayne Johnson’s Fast & Furious Spinoff May Film in Hawaii & UK












It looks like Dwayne Johnson’s Fast and Furious spinoff – frequently referred to as Hobbs & Shaw – has taken some important steps towards production. A new report suggests that David Leitch (Deadpool 2) is tapped to direct, a precise date has been set for the first day of shooting, and that three destinations have already been locked in for filming locations.
With Johnson’s law enforcement agent Luke Hobbs instantly becoming a fan favorite when he first appeared in Fast Five, it was no surprise that his role was expanded upon in all future entries in the action-packed franchise. This was especially obvious in the most recent entry, The Fate of the Furious. There was plenty of noise regarding the spinoff potential of the character, focusing on Hobbs working away from the team headed up by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). With Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw becoming part of that family, after making up for his bad-guy duties on Furious 7, the pairing of the two action-stars in a separate movie seemed like a no-brainer. Leitch was linked with the project and a start date for filming was reportedly set for sometime in September of this year.






According to the latest report from Omega Underground, that production start date has now been specifically narrowed down to September 4th. Not only that, but three locations have also been locked-in for the scheduled shooting. Cameras will reportedly be rolling in Atlanta, GA, with other sequences set to take place in undisclosed locations in Hawaii and the United Kingdom. This is yet to be confirmed, but it is totally feasible with Johnson expected to wrap Disney’s Jungle Cruise on August 31st. Although with his insanely busy schedule, there’s always a chance of push-back.

The existence of the spinoff hasn’t been exactly a source of joy for everyone, and it certainly caused some friction within the Fast and Furious regular cast when it was first announced. Johnsons original comments about building out the franchise lead to some ill-feelings and Tyrese Gibson calling out the project as being “selfish. The feud was eventually calmed though with the two stars eventually making up, and Johnson re-affirming that he just wanted to make a solid action-movie for the fans.
The continual reports of Leitch’s involvement with the film has led to speculation that Charlize Theron’s Cipher will play the villain in the spinoff, due to their work together on Atomic Blonde. But plot specifics and further casting details have yet to be confirmed. The easy chemistry displayed between Johnson and Statham – both action franchise veterans who never take their movie roles too seriously – should make for entertaining viewing, and maybe move away from the emphasis on family and high-speed vehicles that have marked the films so far. Hopefully, the reports are accurate and audiences can expect to see Hobbs and Shaw crash onto screens in 2019 as anticipated.
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Update: Two months after he entered talks, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that David Leitch will direct the Fast and Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Our original article follows below.
The Fast and Furious franchise might get a new family member.
Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch is reportedly in talks to helm the Fast and Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
David Leitch has emerged as the frontrunner to steer the still-untitled Fast and Furious spin-off, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The script will be written by Chris Morgan, who has penned six of the eight Fast movies.
The spin-off is centered around Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, the impossibly ripped Diplomatic Security Service agent, and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, the lean and mean former assassin turned wary Fast family member. Hobbs and Shaw struck up an unlikely bromance in last summer’s The Fate of the Furious, and stories have been circling about a spin-off for the two characters ever since.
Talks of the spin-off even sowed some discord among the Fast family, with Fast co-star Tyrese Gibson making a social media stink about the film, but Universal seems to be moving forward with it regardless. And don’t worry, #JusticeForHan believers. Fast 9 is still in the works, hopefully with Sung Kang returning to slap sense back into everyone for welcoming his killer into the family with open arms.
The Fast and Furious franchise seems like fitting next step for Leitch, who quickly shot to fame after he co-directed 2014’s revelatory action flick John Wick alongside Chad Stahelski. A stunt coordinator who rose through the ranks as a second unit director, Leitch cemented his brand of stylized pulp action films with 2017’s sleek but hollow Atomic Blonde. He has Deadpool 2 arriving in a few months to prove his superhero bonafides.
Leitch’s skill with directing bone-crunching yet balletic action choreography makes him a worthy fit for the Fast and Furious series, which has never been known for its graceful fight sequences. (The Rock punched the streets once!) But with consummate action hero Statham on board as a co-lead, the Fast and Furious spin-off may be switching gears to focus more on sleek action rather than testosterone-fueled brawls.
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham and director David Leitch got together recently for a Hobbs and Shaw production meeting, and the Rock decided to let us all know about it. The Fast and Furious spin-off is due out next year, and while you wait for official filming to begin, take some solace in this image (or technically, images – there are two) of three men smiling. “We have a lot of fun surprises in store with our movie and what an opportunity for us to smartly build out our beloved Fast and Furious franchise with our spinoff,” writes Johnson. We’ll see! Hobbs and Shawwill open August 2, 2019.
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Don’t Expect Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs Movie To Be Just Another Fast & Furious Sequel










Although he wasn't introduced to the Fast and the Furious film series until 2011's Fast Five, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Luke Hobbs has become one of the franchise's most popular characters, so much so that he's branching off from the main narrative next year. After first clashing in Furious 7 and then fighting again before hesitantly joining forces in The Fate of the Furious, Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw are teaming up for the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff, but don't think that this means the new movie will feel like a traditional Fast and the Furious story. As director David Leitch pointed out, Hobbs and Shaw come from different "worlds" than most of the other Fast and the Furious protagonists, which allows for their movie to feel different than the previous entries. Leitch explained:

We really do want to set off on our own specific journey with these characters. If you look at the worlds that they come from in the franchise, they're not from the street racing world. The first movies in Fast, it was all about street racing, and then it became sort of a heist franchise, and then it became a spy franchise. I think Jason's character is definitely from the spy world, and Dwayne's character is more of an agent, right? Working with the government. We're going to lean more into their worlds. But I think we still want the same sort of level of spectacle and fun that the Fast [movies] have.

What started out as some movies about street racing and pulling off elaborate heists has morphed over the last decade into a franchise that sees its heroes frequently saving the world, but there's still the focus on cars and pulling off crazy maneuvers in them. From what David Leitch told CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg, while Hobbs & Shaw will feel like just as much of a spectacle as the recent Fast and the Furious movies, it will have more of a spy bent to it, which makes sense. After all, for years Luke Hobbs was an agent for the United States Diplomatic Security Service, while Deckard Shaw was an assassin for the United Kingdom Special Forces. If you're going to make a movie centered around these two, it would be foolish not to capitalize on their backgrounds as government operatives.


While Luke Hobbs remained with the DSS until the events of The Fate of the Furious, Deckard Shaw targeted him and the other Fast and the Furious protagonists after his brother, Owen, was critically injured at the end of Fast & Furious 6, leading to Deckard being one of Furious 7's main villains. Deckard was recruited to stop Cipher in The Fate of the Furious, and even though this was the man who killed Han, he was welcomed as part of the team by the end of the movie. It hasn't been revealed yet what's in store for Hobbs and Shaw in their spinoff movie, but there are two things we can look forward to: the duo will have the same amusing rapport they had in the previous movies, and the story won't feel like just another standard Fast and the Furious installment.
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Fast & Furious Spinoff Character Descriptions Tease Villain




New character breakdowns have arrived for Hobbs & Shaw teasing the villain and new family members fans will meet in the Fast & Furious spinoff. While the Fast & Furious series has grossed over $5 billion worldwide across eight films, things have so far stuck to the core story outside of Tokyo Drift. But with the cast continuing to expand and the films drawing huge numbers at the global box office, Universal Pictures is finally ready to try their luck with a proper spinoff when Hobbs & Shaw arrives in August of 2019.

Last month, David Leitch signed onto Hobbs & Shaw as the director, continuing his streak of helming action films since helping to bring John Wick to life. Along with last year's Atomic Blonde, Leitch is currently riding high thanks to the success of Deadpool 2. The movie has not only been a critical and financial hit, but showed the new director was just as capable as Tim Miller. In fact, his background in directing fight choreography added an exciting layer to the anti-hero film. Now, Leitch will get to put his mark on the Fast & Furious universe while expanding its roster of characters.

That Hashtag Show has character breakdowns for the villain of Hobbs & Shaw, along with new family members for the lead characters. While there's no confirmation yet which other franchise stars will be back for the spinoff, the movie certainly looks to have a full slate of characters lined up.



  • The studio is looking for an actor, 49-59, to fill the role of Null who is described as a “British villain” and “mysterious international terrorist who dresses in all black.”

  • The studio is looking for an actress, 28-39, in the mold of Kate Winslet to play Deckard’s sister, Hattie, who is “an MI-6 agent.”

  • The studio is on the search for a Polynesian actress, 70-75, to play Sofia Hobbs, described as the “matriarch” of the Hobbs family and five Polynesian men, all 30-50, to portray Hobbs’s brothers: Jonah, Cal, Tim, Matt and Alex.


There's still a chance some villains from previous films could resurface - likely as allies given the M.O. of past Fast & Furious films - but for now Null looks to be the main foe. His name also brings to mind Kurt Russell's Mr. Nobody, so perhaps he'll prove to be a British counterpart of the agent who's gone rogue. Either way, he'll have a lot to contend with as another Shaw will be joining the action.

We've heard Hobbs & Shaw is a buddy film, but clearly the theme of family will unite the Fast & Furious movies still. Shaw's sister Hattie will add another law enforcement agent into the mix, meaning Hobbs & Shaw might be more by-the-books than previous movies. Shaw won't be alone either, as Hobbs will be gaining a mother and five brothers in the new movie. Not only will that add even more characters who could potentially populate future films, but it will continue the trend of Fast & Furious having one of the most diverse casts of any blockbuster film series.

Filming for Hobbs & Shaw is scheduled to begin soon, so stay tuned for more news as production ramps up on the Fast & Furious spinoff.
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‘The Crown’s’ Vanessa Kirby Joins Dwayne Johnson in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff (EXCLUSIVE)

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With her reign as Princess Margaret on Netflix’s acclaimed series “The Crown” officially over, Vanessa Kirby is taking her talents to the big screen. The British actress is in final negotiations to star opposite Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in “Fast and Furious” spinoff, “Hobbs and Shaw.”
“Deadpool 2” director David Leitch is on board to helm with Johnson and Statham reprising their roles of special agent Luke Hobbs and criminal mastermind Deckard Shaw, respectively. Kirby will play an MI-5 agent and Shaw’s sister.

Fast and Furious” architect Chris Morgan penned the script with production set to commence this fall. Plot details are vague, but the central idea is that the film would see the often-at-odds duo team up. Johnson, Statham, and “Fast and Furious” producer Neal Moritz will produce.






Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz will produce alongside Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, Jason Statham, and Chris Morgan for his eponymous production company. Kelly McCormick, Steve Chasman, Amanda Lewis, Ainsley Davies and Ethan Smith executive produce.








Exec Vice President of Production Mark Sourian and Vice President Jay Polidoro will oversee the project at Universal.
Since his arrival in the franchise’s fifth installment, Universal has tried to find a way for Johnson’s Hobbs to lead a standalone film, given his popularity with fans. When the studio saw the chemistry between his character and Statham’s starting in the series’ seventh movie, Universal saw it as an opportunity to develop a spinoff. It’s set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019.

Kirby, who received rave reviews that led to a BAFTA win for her role as the troubled sibling to Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s “The Crown,” appears next in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” She can also be seen in “Gareth Jones” opposite Peter Sarsgaard. Kirby is currently on stage performing in National Theatre’s “Julie” in London.

She is repped by WME, Hamilton Hodell, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP. 
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Idris Elba to Play Villain in Dwayne Johnson 'Fast' Spinoff


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'Deadpool 2' filmmaker David Leitch will direct.

Idris Elba will play the villain in the Fast and Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw.
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will star in the feature, playing their Fast characters Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic Security Service agent, and Deckard Shaw, one of the franchise's primary bad guys. The Crown actor Vanessa Kirby will also star.
The Fast franchise's veteran scribe Chris Morgan is writing the script, with Deadpool 2 director David Leitch set to helm.
Neal H. Moritz will produce via his Original Films, alongside Johnson and his Seven Bucks Productions partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Statham and Morgan will also produce with Kelly McCormick, Steven Chasman, Amanda Lewis, Ainsley Davies and Ethan Smith exec producing.
Mark Sourian and Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.
Elba, who was last seen in theaters in Avengers: Infinity War, will next lead the fifth season of Luther andis currently in production on the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie, which he created and will star in. He is repped by WME and Artists Partnership.
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How Hobbs And Shaw Will Be Different From The Fast And Furious Movies, According To Jason Statham

The next Fast and Furious franchise movie won't include the entire cast, but is that the only way it will be different than the other films in the series? Jason Statham says he expects Hobbs and Shaw, the new spinoff starring himself and Dwayne Johnson, will be a bit more grounded and a bit darker than the more recent Fast and Furious movies have been. He chalks this up to the style of David Leitch, who is on board to direct the film. According to Statham...

I think Dave Leitch's taste is a little more grounded and a little darker. If you see Atomic Blonde, and it is just superb, his taste is definitely in a world that is sort of how you described it. I think he's looking to do something that doesn't look exactly like a Fast movie. Although it's the Fast characters, he's trying to do his own thing with it and give it a real sense of credibility. I think Dave is going to get this one gritty, and real, and fucking hardcore.

While the Fast and Furious franchise started out as a fairly grounded story about illegal street racing, over the course of the series the stakes and the action have been raised to a point where, while the action is still a treat, the situations have gone a little over the top. The last film had Vin Diesel jumping his car over a submarine while Dwayne Johnson diverted torpedoes with his bare hands. There's nothing wrong with that from an action movie standpoint, but "grounded" is not a word you would use to describe it.
It's true that David Leitch is known for a different style of action movie with films like John Wick and Atomic Blonde on his resume. It seems Jason Statham is a particular fan of the latter film and tells Collider he thinks that sort of sensibility will go a long way to inform Hobbs and Shaw.
Of course, it's not like humor is a concept entirely foreign to David Leitch. The man did direct Deadpool 2, which was also an example of Leitch coming into an existing franchise and keeping the tone very much in line with what fans were expecting. Statham does say he thinks the film will still be able to have some fun with itself, so we probably shouldn't expect something that's quite Atomic Blonde levels of gritty.
Hobbs and Shaw will hit theaters next summer. After that, we'll go back to the main series of films, which is expected to see at least two more entries. Whether or not we see more spinoff films may depend on how this one does in theaters in July of 2019.
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One Great Thing About Giving Hobbs And Shaw A Spinoff, According To Jason Statham


The Fast and Furious franchise has gained so many characters over the years that the "family" has become quite large. However, the upcoming spinoff Hobbs & Shaw is set to focus on just two of the more popular member of the team. Shaw himself, Jason Statham, says that what makes the upcoming film so great, is that it gives the characters played by himself and the Rock more time, which means they can better develop their solid chemistry.

We have a good oil-and-water vibe going, we're (as different as) chalk and cheese and we've only really touched on what we can really get into with these two. We have a lot more room now.

Even before it was officially announced that Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson were getting their own spinoff film, many were remarking about the great chemistry that Hobbs and Shaw had in The Fate of the Furious, the two characters pretty much hated each other but that antagonism worked so well that you wanted to see more of it. It sounds like Statham's comments to USA Today mean that he does too.
Hobbs and Shaw will hit theaters next year, which was when the next installment of the main Fast and Furious franchise was originally going to be released. It seems, that Fast and Furious 9 was going to see a delay anyway, which resulted in producers slotting in the spinoff in order to keep the franchise moving. At least two more main installments are planned in the main franchise and it seems that the plan is to wrap up after number 10, though certainly plans could change between now and then.

It's certainly true that, with the cast of the Fast and Furious as big as it is, and the fact that Vin Diesel is clearly the star, a lot of the rest of the cast doesn't get the opportunity to really show what they can do, even though they're all fairly entertaining in their own right. This spinoff will help correct that for a couple of great characters. If it works, one wonders if others might follow to give the rest of the team the spotlight. It would certainly help the franchise continue and I'm guessing the studio wouldn't have any issues with that.

It doesn't hurt that in addition to working well together on screen, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson are two of the biggest action stars in Hollywood. The pair will certainly be able to show off some potentially impressive action, whether or not it involves large numbers of automobiles.
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Turns Out The Rock’s Hobbs Was Always Supposed To Get A Fast And Furious Spinoff

Considering Dwayne Johnson's massive success as an action hero, most recently seen this summer in both Rampage and Skyscraper, one would think that the actor wouldn't mind taking the sidelines as Hobbs in succeeding Fast and Furious movies. However, after the scene-stealing chemistry between his and Jason Statham's character, audiences will soon be seeing a spinoff of two in Hobbs in Shaw come 2019. Positioning the The Rock as one of the leads of yet another popular franchise isn't a matter of dumb luck for the actor though. Producer Hiram Garcia wanted to see Hobbs a part from the Fast and Furious films from the very beginning. In his words:

When I told you that we kind of created that Hobbs character for Fast Five, there was always this goal of if we do this right and audiences respond to Hobbs, like we're very fortunate that they did, we think that there's an opportunity to spin this character off. And after the several movies that we did, it felt like the time was right after Fate of the Furious, and people really responded to Dwayne and Jason's chemistry on screen and the fun that we started to find with them.

In an interview with Collider, Hiram Garcia discussed one of the highest paid actors in the world, as he's been collaborating with Dwayne Johnson for many years. Garcia has also had a hand in Johnson's recent big hit such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Rampage, Skyscraper, along with the upcoming Jungle Cruise. Johnson has quite the team behind him, with Garcia as one of the major players in the development of production of his high-profile projects (which are all of them aren't they?) A simple supporting role in Fast Five for Johnson was a strategic move for his career into creating a bigger part for the actor that would later turn into Hobbs and Shaw.

It wasn't until Jason Statham came along to the Fast and Furious franchise, that Hobbs found a place in a spinoff movie. The hilarious chemistry between the two characters who are always at odds with another is the perfect combination needed to stir up into the buddy-cop type movie Hobbs and Shaw will be, which might remind you a bit of Lethal Weapon. Directed by David Leitch, who recently helmed Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2, according to Statham, the spinoff is going to be grittier, darker and more grounded than the Fast and Furious franchise.

Even supporting characters in an ensemble cast such as Fast and Furious are often carefully crafted in hopes of becoming larger characters in a series down the line and this definitely worked when it came to Hobbs and Shaw. The fact that super talented actors The Rock and Jason Statham play them also might have had something to do with it. The duo will start shooting Hobbs and Shaw right after Johnson wraps Jungle Cruise. The spinoff will come to theaters in summer 2019.
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Fast & Furious Spin-Off Begins Shooting, The Rock Shares First Set Photo





The first ever Fast and Furious spin-off has officially kicked off production. Dwayne Johnson has been hatching plans to get his character Luke Hobbs his own movie for quite some time now and those plans have finally materialized as Hobbs & Shaw has started filming. The movie star took to Instagram to share the first photo from the set, which features his co-star Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw and director David Leitch. Here's what Johnson had to say about it.
"DAY 1 and the evolution has officially begun. Long awaited Fast & Furious spin-off movie, #HobbsAndShaw is electric. My partner in heavy crime & fun @jasonstatham is lookin' like $1million bucks and holdin' it all down. Our visionary & bad ass director @davidmleitch (just directed Deadpool2) at the helm and ready to evolve the franchise in exciting and fresh new ways. And as always, our @sevenbucksprod president @hhgarcia41 capturing the dopest images thru his lens. Keep crushing on that set boys... the man known as 'Hobbs' will touch down in London in two weeks. Pancakes, tequila and ass kickin's on me."
Dwayne Johnson is a very, very busy man these days. As his caption reveals, even though the movie has started production, The Rock isn't there just yet. He's currently wrapping up filming on Disney's Jungle Cruise and then he's immediately heading to London to meet up with Jason Statham so they can start filming together. But there is probably plenty of stuff to film in Johnson's absence, as these movies tend to be absolutely massive in size and scope.

David Leitch, as Johnson also pointed out, is coming off of Deadpool 2, which was incredibly successful and quite well-liked. He also has Atomic Blonde under his belt as a solo director and he co-directed the first John Wick. So the dude knows what he's doing when it comes to action. It would seem as though Hobbs and Shaw is in very good hands. Leitch, who is apparently a pretty big Green Bay Packers fan, also took to Instagram to commemorate the start of Production.
"Week 1 Hobbs & Shaw and Packers football life is good #hobbsandshaw @therock @jasonstatham @kmacnjo @aaronrodgers12 #gopack"
At the present time, little is known about the plot that we'll see unfold in the upcoming Fast and Furious spin-off. What we do know is that Idris Elba has been tapped to play the movie's villain. We also know that this whole project caused quite the feud between Dwayne Johnson and his fellow FF co-stars, as they were eager to get going on the ninth installment, but this movie delayed it by a year.

One can't blame Universal Pictures though. To date, the franchise has grossed $5.1 billion worldwide and the last two entries have grossed well over $1 billion on their own. Why not take the most bankable movie star in the cast and put him in a spin-off? Hobbs and Shaw is set to hit theaters on August 2, 2019. Be sure to check out the posts from David Leitch and Dwayne Johnson's Instagram for yourself below.
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Dwayne Johnson Promises “Showdown of All Showdowns” in ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, Shares New Photo of Idris Elba’s Villain




Exactly one week after sharing the first look at Hobbs and Shaw, Universal’s upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off film, star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has taken to Instagram yet again to reveal our first look at the one and only Idris Elba as the movie’s primary villain. Check out the image and find out a bit more about Elba’s mysterious character below.
Idris Elba Hobbs and Shaw Photo


Johnson shared this image with the following caption:
I learned a long time ago (when I was a very sinful eyebrow raising villainous man in the crazy world of pro wrestling that heroes are only as great as their greatest villains.
A pleasure to introduce the man himself @idriselba we brought in to our Fast & Furious franchise to wreak havoc, hell and mayhem on our heroes HOBBS & SHAW.
The name: BRIXTON.
The record: UNDEFEATED.
The promise: SHOWDOWN OF ALL SHOWDOWNS.
So cool having my brother @idriselba come and play in our sandbox. This one’s been years in the making!!
As I always say, we either gonna get along or we gonna get it on… and fuck getting along ?
#BRIXTON
#TheConsequenceAgent
#HellRaiser
HOBBS & SHAW SUMMER 2019
Elba is rocking some sort of tactical suit that makes him look like he stepped off the set of a G.I. Joe movie. It looks like something he pulled out of the closet of his Pacific Rim character, the wonderfully-named Stacker Pentecost. He has his gun raised, and there’s a woman on the ground behind him that’s either dead or knocked out, and if he’s going to maim or kill a potentially defenseless office worker, just imagine the levels of carnage he’s going to unleash on people his own size. It also appears that he’s commanding his own personal army, so Hobbs and Shaw must be getting into some serious shit to face off against a character like this.


Is “the consequence agent” just Johnson’s cute, jokey nickname for Elba’s Brixton? Or is that character actually an agent of some kind of secret military organization called Consequence? We’ll have to wait and see. (I’m probably reading too much into it. Johnson also calls Brixton a “hellraiser” and I’m not immediately thinking that those guys next to him in the photo are Cenobites. Although, now that I think about it, that’d be pretty rad…)
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'Fast & Furious' Producer Sues Universal Over The Rock & Jason Statham Spinoff


Even though the first Fast and Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw, has just started filming, the movie is already in a bit of legal hot water.

Fast and Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz has just filed a lawsuit against Universal for "breach of oral contract and promissory fraud," after being removed as a producer of the Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson spinoff. Deadline reports that Moritz was let go as the producer ahead of the start of production, and he wants to be either be reinstated, or be paid "tens of millions in damages and lost compensation."

“In an extraordinary show of bad faith, and just a few days before filming was set to begin on Hobbs and Shaw, Universal took the position that Moritz either had to amend his oral producer deal to accept substantially inferior financial terms, or be cut out of the Picture altogether,” claims the complaint, which seeks a jury trial. “Remarkably, despite Moritz having complete Pay-or-Play protection on all of his last several deals on the FF Franchise and having relied on Universal’s oral promises, Universal also took the extraordinary position that it was free to exploit Moritz’s ideas for Hobbs and Shaw, and his work product over an approximately year-and-a-half period, without honoring its oral producer agreement.”

“Indeed, Universal has claimed that it can move forward with Hobbs and Shaw without providing Moritz with any credit or compensation,” the document continues. “If Universal believes that it can treat one of its most successful producers with such extraordinary bad faith, one can only imagine how Universal treats its lesser established producers.”

The complaint explains that Moritz took part in frequent communication with Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley and Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, which started with the Hobbs and Shaw pitch with writer Chris Morgan. This allegedly resulted in a verbal deal in which Moritz was supposed to receive “$2 million in fixed compensation applicable against a 6% first dollar gross participation.”
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This could be lengthy legal battle between the studio and the producer, but it probably won't have a major impact on the actual production of Hobbs and Shaw, which is being directed by Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch.

Hobbs and Shaw is currently set to to arrive in theaters on August 11, 2019. Statham and Johnson will both reprise their roles from the Fast and Furious films, while Idris Elba will star as the main antagonist.
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Vanessa Kirby's post-Crown career has been full of action so far, including playing The White Widow in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (one of our Films Of The Year). She's following that up with the testosterone-laden Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs And Shaw and thanks to Dwayne Johnson's ever-busy Instagram account, we have our first look at her character.

Kirby's playing Hattie Shaw, an MI6 operative who apparently spends some of her off-hours drinking with Johnson's Hobbs. Oh, and the other key piece of information is the fact that she's Deckard Shaw's (Jason Statham) sister. The idea of her hanging out with Luke Hobbs sends Deckard's blood boiling, even if the pair is teaming up to battle a dangerous threat in Idris Elba's Brixton.


So, yes, expect plenty of heads to be butted (in metaphorical and very physical ways) when the film roars in on 26 July next year. Perhaps if there's a sequel, Deckard Shaw will reciprocate by befriending Hobbs' dog?
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