If you saw “Furious 8” in theaters, you already knew that a spinoff project starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham was in the works, but now we know who the director will be. EW confirmed this week that David Leitch, the director of “Deadpool 2” and Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde,” will direct the Fast and Furious spin-off starring the two heavyweights. Both characters have quickly become fan-favorites, Dwayne Johnson stars as Luke Hobbs in the franchise and Jason Statham plays the role of Deckard Shaw.
The two stars were featured in the previous film, officially titled “Fate of the Furious,” which also starred Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Kristofer Hivju, and Kurt Russell. F. Gary Gray directed that installment for Universal Pictures, and it released back in April of 2017. Despite being the eighth film in the franchise, “Fate of the Furious” was one of the most successful. The film opened at number-one back in 2017, making over $98M on opening weekend. The film then went on to make over $226M domestically, and over $1.2B worldwide. Altogether, the Fast and Furious franchise has grossed over $5B for Universal Pictures over the last seventeen years.
Universal Pictures already has a ninth and tenth film scheduled to release nationwide over the next four-years, but the studio hasn’t confirmed any details on those projects at this time. If you are a fan of the franchise, then you might recognize the name Chris Morgan, the writer of six of the films in the franchise. Readers will most likely be happy to hear that Morgan is set to return to the writers room for the new spinoff film and will most likely write for FF9 and FF10.
If you are excited for Johnson and Statham to hit the screen in their spinoff debut, you will have to wait awhile. Universal Pictures has scheduled the film to release on July 26, 2019.