What to know about Fast and Furious 9 before its initial release in 2020; the reasons for its pushed back release dates!
It took eight movies for the fast franchise to finally slate its first ever spin-off film. The upcoming standalone flick Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, will mark the series’ second featurette where it’s titular character, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) isn’t the focal point of the story—the first being Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006.
The upcoming release, Hobbs, and Shaw will follow Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw being the main leads of the movie. Soon after that, the mainline series is also set to continue.
Fast and Furious 9: What we know about the movie so far SOURCE: Filmi beat
Since its first film released in the year, 2001, the Fast and Furious property has been heightening its success in terms of box-office, scope and even with the critical reception. Over the years, the franchise has become so successful that it has even attracted the likes of some big A-listers with the will to act on it.
Some of those names include the Academy winner, Charlize Theron in the franchise’s last issue, Fate of the Furious (2017), Kurt Russel (appeared first in Furious 7), and also some of the actors who have since went on to become super-stars (Gal Gadot, Tyrese Gibson and even the rapper, Ludacris). However, at the root, the film still centers around the story of ex-convict street racer, Toretto and his extended family—a plot inspiration which hasn’t changed even after the real-life death of one of the film’s co-lead, Paul Walker.
Few knew the 9th segment of the series Fast and Furious was initially given the 2019’s release date, which due to some reason (down below), was then given to Hobbs and Shaw. So now there’s an extra year for the pivotal movie-line to pick the narratives last left by Fate of Furious.
So between then, now and up until the release, the Universal studios are doing their best in confining any inner information regarding the Fast and Furious IX. As such, there's a lot that we don't know anything about the movie except maybe some or few specifics. So what are the outlines from the movie that have been surfaced so far? Read next in the article below.
MAY 2020; THE RELEASE DATE FOR FURIOUS IX
Bond 25 meddling with Furious 9 release dateSOURCE: Slash Film
Fans will have to hang on a little longer before Fast & Furious 9 hit the theaters in next year’s May. Universal had first pushed back the film’s date to April 10, 2020, initially to make slot open for Hobbs & Shaw. And as of recent, the production house has now pushed back its date to May 22 of the same year. Despite many blaming Hobbs and Shaw as the cause behind the date shifting, by the look of things, the actual reason seems to be quite different.
According to various sources, the movie's latest delay has been reported to be a purely business decision. In fact, the real culprit here appears to be a whole different movie, Bond 25.
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Apparently, the Fast & Furious 9's premiere date has been reserved for the release of 25th Bond movie. The upcoming live adaptation from Ian Fleming’s novel series is currently getting a rewrite and is also in need of additional time for the development.
Since Universal is distributing 007's next follow-up, a shift has been made for the ninth Fast & Furious movie just to avoid two of the distributor’s tentpoles competing for each other at the same time.
HOBBS WON'T BE BACK FOR FAST & FURIOUS 9
Johnson and Diesel's feud preventing the possibility of Hobbs return in the Furious franchiseSOURCE: IB Times Uk
Dwayne Johnson has already confirmed he won't be reprising the mediating-cop character of Luke Hobbs for Fast & Furious 9. The news isn't surprising, given Johnson and Diesel infamous behind-the-scenes hostility, developed during the production on The Fate of the Furious.
Back in April 2018, multiple sources confirmed the two actors didn't even attend any of the film scenes together.
Though, Johnson has also expressed an interest in continuing to expand his part of the franchise with a Hobbs & Shaw sequel, assuming the spinoff is successful enough to warrant its own follow-up.
But the feud might still turn out to be good for the production team.
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The fate of the Furious was always struggling to balance the screen time between Johnson and Diesels for the past three films. Dwayne has been the world’s highest paid actor on several occasions. And Diesel also can’t be ignored even by a nip given his ascending contribution in laying the very foundation of the Furious series.
Now that, it appears as if the two powerhouses are adamant with "never working together", they can easily enjoy the predominance in their respective storyline without the fear of thunder being stolen by any other big character.
NOT EVEN A TRAILER IS AROUND THE HORIZON
Still No trailer for Furious 9SOURCE: Tire Burn
Fast & Furious 9 hasn't even started its principle phase; the shooting, so we're still a ways off from a trailer being released. Diesel is known for keeping his fans in the loop when his movies are in the making process. But he is also generous enough to give an outlet or two thanks to his clichéd mannerism of abruptly showing the images of his film location, activities, and even the footages.
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So it won’t be long before he starts flashing out film’s images once the movie gets under the development period. However, there’s also a good chance of an actual trailer not showing up until the end of this year and almost certainly won't be featuring any credit scene for the Hobbs & Shaw which would have otherwise hinted the two films future culmination (pretty much like the MCU movies).
With movies like Star Wars: Episode IX and Jumanji 3 hitting theaters in December, the time seems fitting for the Fast & Furious 9 teaser to go online.
HOBBS & SHAW’s IMPACT ON ITS PARENT FRANCHISE
Hobbs and Shaw snatching the spotlight away from Furious FranchiseSOURCE: Collider
Some fans are already under the impression that Hobbs & Shaw has replaced Fast & Furious 9, while many are still in the midst of perplexity thinking what might be the reason of this branching out.
With another Fast & Furious costar Tyrese Gibson publicly criticizing Johnson for making the spinoff, it seemed an obvious indication for many that Fast & Furious 9 has now been outright canceled because of Hobbs & Shaw.
But that's not the case happening even in one’s wildest dream, not at least when Dwyane’s standalone is still far away from its first review. Also, Daniel Casey (Kin) is currently in the process of writing the next Fast & Furious sequel, with Justin Lin returning to direct after his absence from the last two installments. So the film is way more alive than its yet to be released baby venture.
FAST 10 WILL MARK THE ULTIMATE CULMINATION FOR THE DECADE LONG FRANCHISE LAST FILM (IN THE MAIN SERIES)
Fast and Furious 10 set to be the last film for the franchiseSOURCE: Youtube
The current plan for the owners of the series is to bring a final showdown in the Furious Franchise with the last addition; Fast & Furious 10 in 2021 (also an apparently supposed release date). There was once the talk of Fast & Furious 9 and 10 being filmed back to back, but that no longer seems to be on the schedule.
Diesel has further claimed that Lin is already on-board to direct Fast & Furious 10, which suggests the big wheel will knowingly set the stage for the finale with the ninth episode.
But that’s not the farewell news yet. In fact, Universal also has its own plans on how to continue the franchise past Fast & Furious 10 and is simultaneously moving towards releasing a new Fast & Furious phase (again like that of Marvel movies phase 1, phase 2 or whatever there are) every year in the predicted future.
The only question, though, will Hobbs and Mia’s sons are the ones to carry the legacy bringing up the tag—“next generation”?
OTHER UPCOMING FAST & FURIOUS PROJECTS
Universal planning on making a female ensembled Fast and Furious spin-offSOURCE: Fandango
Right now, there's another one Fast & Furious’ subsidiary project in active development in addition to Hobbs & Shaw and Fast & Furious 9 and 10. The film doesn't have its label yet but is described as a female-led spinoff and has three lady writers currently working on the script.
Diesel previously claimed that the storylines for "various characters" from the branch-off have been already penned down, so there could be even more spinoffs in the pipeline that we don't know about just yet.
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And that's not even including Hobbs & Shaw 2, which Johnson has already said he aspires to make and wants Aquaman’s Jason Momoa to play one of his brothers in.
Fun Fact: Momoa had to pass on the first Hobbs & Shaw due to his busy schedule.