It's so on.

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will be front and center in a Fast & Furious spinoff for Universal Studios, a person familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly tells USA TODAY. Johnson confirmed the news Monday on Instagram.

Daddy’s gotta go back to work ~ Hobbs. Pumped to expand and build out the FAST & FURIOUS universe in a cool, exciting way with our @sevenbucksprod, writer/producer Chris Morgan, producer Hiram Garcia and lead producer and my bigger twin, Neil Moritz. Thank you UNIVERSAL STUDIOS for being tremendous partners who see the big picture and for coming to us years ago with this spinoff idea. Huge shout to my brother, Jason Statham for the trust and wanting to create and deliver something fresh and bad ass for the fans. I have a tremendous amount of respect for this franchise that I’ve enjoyed droppin’ blood and sweat in over the years and my vision is to create greater opportunities for not only my fellow FF cast mates, but for other amazing actors as well who want to be a part of something new and cool. I want to use my spinoff platform to create new characters that fans will ultimately love to have fun with in multiple chapters and platforms. Film, TV, Digital, Virtual Reality etc.. the more opportunities we can create the better for the fans. Smart business. Let’s have some FUN and to quote, Hobbs the boss, if you don’t like it, we’re happy to beat that ass like a Cherokee drum. #HOBBS #SevenBucksProds #NewOpportunities #CandyAssesNeedNotApply JULY 2019

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After a year of speculation over a story offshoot for the uber-successful speedy car franchise, Universal officially announced Thursday that the untitled spinoff is coming to theaters on Friday, July 26, 2019.  

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The news came 24 hours after word that Fast & Furious 9, the next film of the main franchise, would be delayed to April 10, 2020.

Furious 9 was originally planned for release on April 19, 2019, which is where the newly announced spinoff will now land. 

Statham's reformed villain Deckard and Johnson's Diplomatic Security Service agent Hobbs stole the show with their chemistry in scenes from the eighth film, The Fate of the Furious, prompting speculation about a movie with their characters.

F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious earned nearly $1.2 billion worldwide following its April release.

Fast and Furious franchise star Tyrese was not pleased. Following the schedule change, Tyrese lashed out on Instagram: "Congratulations to @TheRock...for making the Fast and Furious franchise about YOU." 

The Fast & Furious franchise, launched in 2001, has grossed $5 billion worldwide.



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