When the Fast and Furious franchise is one of the biggest earners in Hollywood, it’s going to cause money troubles. And there is already some headaches going on behind the scenes between Universal Pictures and franchise producer Neal Moritz over the spin-off according to TheHollywoodReporter.
In October, Neal brought a lawsuit against the studio over an alleged broken oral agreement to participate with the first-dollar gross on Hobbs and Shaw. The spin-off film currently filming in the United Kingdom starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Moritz also claims that Universal Pictures after his lawsuit was filled was pulled him from Fast and Furious 9.
There is a lot of legal jargon about the studio moving forward with the arbitration process and even mentions that Moritz wants to directly sue Universal studio head James Horowitz for promissory fraud. I’m curious how this will end up and if Moritz will ultimately get pulled from future movies altogether, who was there from the start.
These movies have certainly turned into a cash machine as the Fast and Furious franchise has earned a global total of $5.1 billion. Furious 7 making a worldwide total of $1.5 billion and Fate of The Furious earned a hefty $1.2 billion. You can understand why dividing up the profits could become a point of contention between producers and the studio when this much money is in play.
The Hobbs and Shaw movie is expected to wrap filming around January with the release set for August 2nd, 2019. As I previously reported at OmegaUnderground, Fast and Furious 9 is aiming for April production start in Atlanta and UK. It’s set for a release date of April 10th, 2020.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER