Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that a sequel to 2019's Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is in active development.
Screen Rant reports that Johnson, who starred alongside Jason Statham in the Fast & Furious spin-off last year, firmed up early sequel plans while responding to his fans on a recent Instagram Live Q&A.
"We are developing now the next film, the next [Hobbs & Shaw] movie, and I'm pretty excited about it," the actor confirmed. "[We] just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we're going to go."Johnson went on to thank fans for making the first movie "a huge success." Hobbs & Shaw may not have quite reached the same box office heights that the F&F franchise achieved with its most recent sequels, but the action-packed feature still managed to race up to an impressive $759 million worldwide on a reported budget of $200 million.
In our review of Hobbs & Shaw, we said the film proves the "franchise still has places to go and people to see" despite being "the most removed stylistically and thematically from the first Fast & the Furious." We praised Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Vanessa Kirby for ensuring that there's still fun to be had in a F&F movie "not centred around cars or racing."That said, the stunt-packed buddy movie left several plot threads unresolved for a potential sequel to pick up, including the identity of the leader of the terrorist organization Eteon, who still remains a threat at the end of the film, and cameo appearances from Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart, who may have been positioned for larger roles in the sequel.
"I'd love to see Ryan Reynolds come into the next Hobbs & Shaw. I think he would be a great team member," Johnson previously told IGN. "I'd love to see Kevin Hart come into the next Hobbs & Shaw. The goal in this one was to set up what the future teams would look like. And who I felt people would find it really appealing to see Hobbs with and create this new unique team."Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's 10 Best MoviesMeanwhile, Fast & Furious 9, the next instalment in the long-running film franchise, recently had its release date pushed back by almost a year, from May 2020 to April 2021, in response to actions taken in the film industry concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.