The first Fast and Furious spinoff movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham has got a release date now – July, 26, 2019.
The studio recently announced plans to push back “Fast and Furious 9” to 2020, opting to debut the spinoff in that summer slot instead. Sources tell Variety that the studio had already slated the film to go into production in August 2018 over the summer due to Johnson’s busy schedule. Dating the film for 2019 seemed like the logical next step, sources say. “Fast and Furious” architect Chris Morgan is penning the script.
Johnson’s Hobbs was first introduced in 2011’s Fast Five and eventually became an ally and member of the Furious auto gang. Statham made an appearance in Fast & Furious 6 and starred in the next two chapters. No deals have reportedly been made for the actors yet on the spin-off. The 16-year old film franchise through eight movies counts a global B.O. lifetime haul of $5.14 billion.
The film is being written by Chris Morgan.