The Fast & Furious film series experienced a massive comeback in 2011 with its fifth installment, and it's become one of Hollywood's most powerful franchises ever since. In an effort to expand the universe, Universal announced a spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw, with both action heroes going on a thrilling adventure after they settled their differences in Fate of the Furious.
There wasn't much news about the project after its announcement, leaving some eager fans doubtful it would actually happen — but now there's some exciting news: The film finally has a release date.
Luke Hobbs And Deckard Shaw Are Coming To The Big Screen Sooner Than We Expected
Rev up your engines and hone your Kung Fu skills (or whatever martial art those two practice), because Universal has scheduled Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw's spinoff for July 26, 2019. While it's not the exact release date of Fast 9, the spinoff definitely took the movie's place that year.
The film is currently lacking a director, but it does have a writer: Chris Morgan (Tokyo Drift, The Vatican Tapes) is in charge of penning the script. With less than two years until the film gets released, I wouldn't be surprised if we hear about a director soon.
The core Fast & Furious series has two installments left, and #Universal surprised us when it announced that it was pushing back the ninth film from April 19, 2019, to April 10, 2020. This move caused an uproar in the fan community, and most importantly among the films' stars. Shortly after the announcement, #TyreseGibson took to social media to call out Dwayne Johnson, and blame him for the delay.
At the time, it was difficult to understand why that was happening, but now we have a better idea of the situation. Keep in mind, though, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this spinoff itself wasn't the reason behind Fast 9's delay. Instead, the movie was reportedly pushed to allow Universal more time to find the right helmer for the job.
Will This Hobbs/Deckard Spinoff Be Able To Find Its Audience?
Fast & Furious is a fan-favorite franchise, and each installment is more successful than its predecessor, but I can't stop thinking about how this spinoff will fare financially. What attracts us to sit in the theater isn't only the over-the-top action and fast cars; it's the ensemble of characters.
Family has been the franchise's underlying theme (even in Tokyo Drift, to some degree), so I'm curious to see whether taking that factor away and essentially making a buddy-cop film with two of the stars is enough to fill those shoes. Now, one could argue that #DwayneJohnson is one of the most bankable stars in the world, so it's a low-risk proposition.
While that is mostly true, we can't deny the fact that he isn't 100 percent a box office draw. That was proven by #Baywatch earlier this year. The film by all means should have done quite well, but it didn't. Instead, it pretty much crashed.
Even hough Johnson is undeniably charismatic and a good leading man who has no problem carrying a film on his shoulders, Baywatch's failure proves that when audiences aren't interested in something, they just won't see it, regardless of who's on the poster. Taking that into account, we'll have to wait and see whether the spinoff has wheels.
What do you think about the Fast & Furious spinoff? Do you think it will manage to hold its own at the box office? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]