Whilst there's still over a year to go before we get to see 'Hobbs and Shaw' (26th July 2019), director, David Leitch has spoken out about the storyline and revealed that it's not going to be another 'Fast and Furious' sequel.
Dwayne Johnson's character, Luke Hobbs was introduced to the franchise back in 'Fast & Furious 5' in 2011. Since his appearance, Hobbs has become such a fan favourite that it was announced just last October that he'd be starring in his own spin-off alongside Jason Statham's character, Deckard Shaw.
Both characters originally met in 'Fast & Furious 7' but in the latest film, the two teamed up in order to defeat Cipher (Charlize Theron). It was then that creators realised the talent they had on hand and that the duo worked really well.
Speaking to Cinemablend, David Leitch mentioned that the characters come from different worlds and how this has enabled them to make a film that's completely different to what we've seen before. "If you look at the worlds that they come from in the franchise, they're not from the street racing world. The first movies in Fast, it was all about street racing, and then it became sort of a heist franchise, and then it became a spy franchise. I think Jason's character is definitely from the spy world, and Dwayne's character is more of an agent, right? Working with the government. We're going to lean more into their worlds. But I think we still want the same sort of level of spectacle and fun that the Fast [movies] have".
Changes to 'Fast & Furious 9'
Whilst work on the spin-off is going full-speed ahead, there's also been a few changes to 'Fast & Furious 9'. For the first time since Chris Morgan wrote 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift', the next instalment in the franchise is set to get a new screenplay writer. Daniel Casey, who worked on 'The Passage' and J.J. Abrams' 'The Heavy' is the chosen candidate.