The fresh news comes in the wake of the earlier announcement about the ninth chapter of the Fast and the Furious franchise getting postponed by a year.
Now that the Fast and the Furious nine will come out in 2020, Universal has allocated a July 26, 2019, release date to this spin-off movie.
The franchise’s scriptwriter Chris Morgan is now working on the spin-off based on the character of the Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (to be played by Dwayne Johnson) and an assassin Deckard Shaw (to be played by Statham).
It is reported that Justin Lin might come back to the franchise to play the lead role in Fast 9. Johnson had come on board in 2011 for Fast Five and has since then been a key element in the success of the series. He has so far featured in four of the eight films while Statham was first seen in Fast & Furious 6 and has been a part of the last two movies.
Nothing has been officially signed with the actors so far.
On Thursday we saw the Fast & Furious star Tyrese Gibson lash out at Johnson for being the cause of the ninth film’s delay.
“#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU,” Gibson shared on Instagram.
“And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah…..it’s about #TeamDewayne (sic) #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #Baywatch? Guys guys just relax I’m just a passionate film critic,” he went on with his rant.
The ninth segment of this high voltage action franchise was earlier scheduled to release on April 19, 2019, but, now it has been rescheduled to hit the big screen on April 10, 2020. It is not the first occasion when Gibson has criticized Johnson. Earlier too he showed his unhappiness about The Rock doing a solo movie based on his Fast & Furious character, Hobbs.
“If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter,” Gibson earlier wrote in September. “I don’t wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about. I’m on your timeline cause you’re not responding to my text messages – #FastFamily is just that a family…….. We don’t fly solo.”