The Rock's 'Fast & Furious' spinoff movie is happening

The Rock's 'Fast & Furious' spinoff movie is happening

Meanwhile, sources say that one reason for Fast 9's push was to accomodate potential director scheduling.

A post on the franchise's official Twitter account confirms that Fast & Furious 9 has been delayed by nearly a year, with a new release penned for April 10 2020. More on the story below.

The film was originally scheduled for release in April of 2019.

As the reports suggest, Chris Morgan, who penned down the script for 2006's Toyko Drift, will be writing the spinoff that will focus on Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic Security Service agent played by Johnson.

The spinoff would obviously reunite Luke Hobbs, the muscular USA agent, with Deckard Shaw, the deadly assassin who tried to kill Dom and his crew in an act of revenge in Furious 7, only to be forced to work with them to stop a terrorist in Fate of the Furious. Ahead of the franchise's eighth entry, it was widely reported that the actor was being kept away from Vin Diesel following tense on-set encounters.

Regardless, it's a smart business move by Universal.

Over the course of 2015's Furious 7 and 2017's The Fate of the Furious, Shaw's arc has been in line with the franchise's tendency to see what happens when core characters are given a change in motivation or circumstance.

This isn't the first time Johnson has been embroiled in a Fast & Furious feud. If "diversity, love, multi-ethnic, worldwide, multi-generational" content is important to have represented in cinema (and it is), isn't it a good thing for the Fast and Furious franchise to expand and include other projects with franchise characters - and potentially introduce new ones? Though the franchise may feel like it's now low on gas, fans have remained loyal to the family.