Shortly after The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the beloved action franchise that broke box office records when it raced into theaters earlier this year, opened in theaters, Universal Pictures quickly began putting the pieces together for a potential spinoff revolving around Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.
Now, nearly six months later, Universal Pictures has announced that the untitled Fast and Furious spinoff will be released on July 26, 2019, though no director is attached to the project and franchise veteran Chris Morgan is still working on the script. According to Variety, Shane Black, who is currently in production on Fox’s The Predator, is one of the names on a list of candidates.
While the spinoff was expected to take place just after the events of the latest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise and would see Hobbs and Shaw team-up on a new mission to take down Charlize Theron’s ruthless villain Cipher, sources close to the development of the project are unsure as to whether or not the actress will reprise her role.
The news of the spinoff’s release date comes just two days after it was revealed that Universal would be pushing Furious 9 back by a year from April 19, 2019, to April 10, 2020. It’s unclear as to whether or not Furious 10, which is dated for April 2, 2021, will be affected by the movie.