Fast & Furious 9 Delayed to 2020, Dwayne Johnson Spin-Off Will Come First

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Update: Variety is reporting that Shane Black is under consideration to direct the FF spin-off.

There’s some tension building within the Fast & Furious family this week as Universal has just announced that they are delaying the next installment in the long-running action franchise by a full year. FF9 was originally scheduled for April 19th, 2019, but now it will not hit theatres until April 10th, 2020. No official reason was given for the delay, but Tyrese Gibson was quick to take to Instagram and blame the move on Dwayne Johnson for making it all about “#TeamDewayne” (sic). Not long after, Universal officially set a 2019 release date for the rumoured Dwayne Johnson / Jason Statham spin-off. Maybe he has a good reason to be pissed after all.

According to THR, Universal has scheduled an untitled Fast & Furious spin-off for release on July 26th, 2019, confirming that the movie will revolve around Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. The plot is still being kept under wraps, but long-time series writer / producer Chris Morgan is reportedly penning the script himself. Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley had this to say about the project:

Fast & Furious is one of Universal’s most beloved properties, and we handle every decision we make surrounding this franchise with great care. The global brand of Fast & Furious is strong and full of iconic characters, and we look forward to continuing to build on the film that started it all, as well as expanding into different narratives beginning with our first spinoff.”

As for Fast 9, word on the street is that the delay may be related to a scheduling conflict with potential directors. Although the movie does not yet have a director attached, there are rumours that Justin Lin may be planning to return for part 9. Are you disappointed by the delay? Do you think a Dwayne Johnson / Jason Statham spin-off will help add some variety to the Fast & Furious series or is splitting up the cast a bad decision?

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  • Jake

    I always assumed the conflict from the last one was just a publicity stunt, but maybe the cast does have issues with The Rock. I’m surprised Gibson would post something like that considering he would seem to be at the bottom of the pile when it comes to characters the studio wouldn’t want to drop. He seems pretty expendable. Calling out Baywatch was pretty funny though.

  • Karl with a K

    Shane Black!! Alright I’m in. I read a review of The Predator this week from a test screening, not sure if it is legit, but it was extremely positive. Being considered for another big tentpole film might mean he has delivered the goods with Predator, which is even better news than this.

  • Loren

    More fuel to the fire for Frank’s hatred of The Rock.

  • Let’s all agree that FFX will be a great title for the forthcoming 2022 installment.