Hot on the heels of the announcement that Fast & Furious 9 has been delayed until Easter 2020, Universal has set July 26, 2019, as the release date for the as yet untitled Hobbs and Shaw spin-off.

Having sparked an onscreen bromance in Fast & Furious 8, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham were an obvious choice to spin off for a testosterone-fuelled buddy movie. Fast and Furious veteran Chris Morgan is writing the script, and according to Variety, Universal is targeting Shane Black to direct.

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Shane Black knows just about everything about the buddy movie having written Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight before branching out into directing with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, and the criminally underseen The Nice Guys. Immediately, the Hobbs and Shaw movie has just become a hundred times more appealing if this rumour turns out to be true.

Not all Fast and Furious cast members are happy about the decision to make the spin-off a priority. Tyrese Gibson recently commented on Johnson's Instagram cautioned his co-star to not make the Hobbs spin-off before Fast 9.

"If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter. I don't wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about. I'm on your timeline cause you're not responding to my text messages#FastFamily is just that a family.. We don't fly solo."

The now deleted comment didn't go down that well with fans, so Gibson clarified that he has no issue with the movie, just that it creates a conflict with the next Fast and Furious sequel.

"I have never and will never have a problem with this major movie star he's my brother. I'm simply trying to reach him cause he won't call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie I want you to shoot it just not right now cause the #Fast9 release date has already been announced and we can't let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal Fast and Furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date. Didn't you see how HUGE #Fast8 was? It's because we announced and KEPT our release date bro."

Far be it from me to disagree with Mr Gibson, I'm not sure you can attribute the entirety of Fast & Furious 8's success on keeping its planned release date. If that were true, then somebody needs to tell Disney that moving Star Wars Episode IX by six months was a bad idea.

The as yet untitled Hobbs and Shaw spin-off will be released on July 26, 2019, and Fast and Furious 9 lands on April 10, 2020.

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