A new report suggests that the Fast and Furious Spin-Off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will be directed by Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch and production will begin on September 6th, 2018. It was recently announced that Leitch was the frontrunner for the director's spot and that looks to be true at this point in time. The Hobbs and Shaw movie has been highly anticipated since it was announced, and it looks like the July 26th, 2019 release date will remain in place.
The September production start date makes sense for the Fast and Furious spin-off since Dwayne Johnson will have wrapped production on The Jungle Cruise in August and that will give the actor a chance to take a breather before jumping into another action movie. Fans of the Fast and Furious are excited for the spin-off, but some are angry that Fast and Furious 9 has been delayed, most likely due to the spin-off. However, the movie still does not have a director attached either, so the spin-off might not be the main reason.
The Hobbs and Shaw movie has been criticized by Tyrese Gibson after the Fast and Furious actor called out Dwayne Johnson for being selfish and looking out for his own best interests while pursuing the spin-off that fans have been clamoring for since Fast and Furious 5 when Johnson's Luke Hobbs was introduced. Gibson and Johnson went back and forth in their feud, which was heavily reported about in the press, but it has supposedly been squashed according to Tyrese Gibson who said back in November that he had spoken to some of Dwayne Johnson's associates and everything is good now.
Dwayne Johnson is riding the huge wave of success that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has brought to him and the rest of the cast and crew. The movie has earned nearly a billion dollars at the box office thanks to the quirky cast and the power of the Jumanji franchise. The sequel is still in theaters and will be released on Blu-ray on March 20th. Dwayne Johnson was the second highest earing actor of 2017 and basically, anything that he touches turns into a success, meaning the Hobbs and Shaw movie is truly a no-brainer for the studio.
While the September production start date for the Fast and Furious spin-off makes sense, nothing has been officially announced by the studio in terms of director David Leitch or a time for filming to begin. Dwayne Johnson is pretty active on social media to interact with his fans, so if this report proves to be true, expect some announcement by the actor soon. For now, you have plenty of time to go back and re-watch all of the Fast and Furious movies to prepare for Hobbs and Shaw. This report originated from the Omega Underground.