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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham have officially landed their own Fast & Furious spin-off, according to reports. This film has been rumored since April of this year, but nothing had been made official until Thursday.
The spin-off seems like a natural extension of the franchise. Johnson’s agent Luke Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw battled through wild action scenes in Furious 7 and Fate of the Furious. They also seem to enjoy working with one another: Statham gave kudos to “The Rock” for his “extremely precise” fight choreography, which made him “a diamond to work with”.
In addition, the two also had several “buddy-buddy” moments in Fate of the Furious, as (spoiler alert) the two enemies became allies to battle Charlize Theron’s villainous Cypher. That action-packed film earned $1.2 billion worldwide, with only $225 million coming from North America.
The yet-untitled Hobbs-Shaw spin-off will be written by Chris Morgan, who has written every Fast film since Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. As for a director, Predator shot-caller Shane Black “is one name on a list of candidates, though meetings will not take place with possible directors” until a script is finalized, according to Variety.
This information comes amid Universal’s decision to push back the ninth Fast & Furious film from 2019 to 2020.