Early this fall, it was reported that Universal had set a release date for the Fast & Furiousspin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Though details on the project are currently under wraps, Johnson recently teased his plans for the spin-off and addressed the drama surrounding the cast of the franchise during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Teasing that the spin-off will contain “a lot of surprises” for audiences, Johnson discussed his intentions with the projects and what he hopes the project can contribute to the franchise:
“It’s been a challenging process because I feel like my intention from day one, when I first joined the cast, was to hopefully come in, have fun, and create a character that people will hopefully like and try to elevate the franchise. But in the process of elevating the franchise, I have always thought that in order for this to have real longevity and legs, we should spin out and create characters that can live on their own.”
Johnson also addressed the drama surrounding the cast of the franchise – which includes Tyrese Gibson criticizing Johnson for moving forward with the spin-off and blaming the actor for the delayed release of the ninth Fast and Furious film:
“At the end of the day, the only thing I want to do is make a great movie for the fans. I never ever get wrapped up in the sludge of the bulls— that can be connected at times to a franchise. So I never get dragged into it. I never respond to any of that.”
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The Fast and the Furious 9 is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 10, 2020 and the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham Fast & Furious spin-off is set to be released on July 26, 2019.