TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that Universal Pictures is desperate for franchises and are looking to expand The Fast and The Furious with spinoffs. Those movies are expected to include sequels to Hobbs and Shaw starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham along with an all-female movie featuring Charlize Theron’s Cipher.

A cynic might wonder whether Universal might have taken into consideration what one knowledgeable source describes as the studio’s plans to expand the Fast and Furious universe dramatically. Comcast-owned Universal is hard up for franchises and obviously hopes Hobbs & Shaw will generate sequels. And the studio is exploring other ideas, including a female-fronted Fast and Furious spinoff built around Charlize Theron’s character Cipher from The Fate of the Furious.

Universal Pictures recently signed Hobbs and Shaw director David Leitch to a first-look deal with his partner Kelly McCormick and their production company 87North Productions, which likely means he’ll get involved with these Hobbs and Shaw sequels along with this Charlize Theron as he worked with her on the Cold War era action film Atomic Blonde.

One reason why that might be the case is that longtime producer Neal H. Moritz is reportedly now off The Fast and The Furious franchise starring with Fast and The Furious 9.

But now, in the wake of a bitter legal dispute over the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff set for an Aug. 1 release, the studio has not only dropped Moritz from that film but banished him from any role in future Fast and Furious movies starting with number 9, which begins shooting in weeks.

It’s going to be interesting how Universal wants to tackle future films and who ends up getting their own movies.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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