The Fast & Furious franchise has morphed into something far bigger than what it started out as -- an action-crime movie about a group of street racers. However, according to director David Leitch, the Hobbs and Shaw spin-off will be more grounded than the previous films in the long-running franchise.
In an interview with Collider, Leitch described the spinoff as the beginning of a new franchise built around the characters of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, portrayed by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, respectively. “I think it’s going to be a little bit more grounded because it’s the beginning," Leitch said. "It’s an origin story, in a sense. It’s not an origin story, but we’re starting a franchise. So we want it to be a little bit more grounded, a little bit more character-centric."
Though the Fast & Furious franchise is known mainly for its high-octane action sequences involving cars, planes, tanks and even submarines, the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff is set to shift more into the world of spies and special agents. “We’re diving into their world," Leitch continued. "I think we want to have our own take on the Fast universe. It will definitely have elements of the original DNA, but it is more drifting into Shaw’s spy world and Dwayne’s agent world and, obviously, we want to build on their relationship, their conflict, their banter. That chemistry that they have between them, that’s sort of what’s driving the movie.”
Fans of the Fast & Furious films need not worry too much though, as the film will still include the wild action sequences the franchise has become known for. "We’re going to set up the stakes for these guys and their relationship," Leitch added. "But we’re also going to have some great set pieces and some action that you’d expect from that type of franchise.”
The Hobbs and Shaw spin-off is being penned by Fast & Furious franchise mainstay Chris Morgan. The film has a release date of July 26, 2019.