The delay in the release of Hobbs & Shaw 2 is due to several factors. The Fast & Furious franchise now boasts ten full-length features, one spinoff, one animated series, and two short films, so it’s evident that it has enough content to rule Hollywood for a very long time. Dominic Toretto and his family keep coming up with inventive ways to carry on, even after two films where the Fast and Furious saga might have finished wonderfully. On the other hand, the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff series seems to have hit a wall after just one film.
The creation of a Fast & Furious movie world took a significant step forward with the release of Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw. Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, two of the many appealing characters in the franchise, are a formula for movie office success, and happily, for the spinoff, they lived up to the expectations. However, when Hobbs & Shaw was released, the Fast Saga continued with F9 and Fast X, as well as preparations for the conclusion of the main franchise with Fast and Furious 11, all without making any work on Hobbs & Shaw 2.
Many Fast & Furious fans are happy to hear that Hobbs & Shaw 2 is still going to happen. The cast and crew appear eager to get started. But several things are stopping the project from finishing. Hobbs & Shaw had a more problematic past than its financial success implies, from Johnson’s availability due to other projects to much-publicized dispute with the rest of the Fast & Furious family. Nevertheless, there is still hope for the follow-up despite these challenges.
The Causes of Hobbs & Shaw 2’s Delays
Hobbs & Shaw 2 has received some updates from series producer Hiram Garcia and actor Dwayne Johnson up until April 2020. Johnson revealed that veteran Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan will compose the follow-up and that “Seven Bucks Productions will produce again” (via Instagram). Producer of Fast & Furious Kelly McCormick revealed Hobbs & Shaw had been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other competing projects after several months of largely silent communication (via Collider). After having personal issues with several of his co-stars, Dwayne Johnson will not be returning to the main Fast & Furious franchise, producer Hiram Garcia stated in August 2021. Fortunately, this won’t “in any way impede with our Hobbs plans” (via Collider).
Dwayne Johnson revealed on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show in November 2021 that he had previously offered a Hobbs & Shaw 2 idea to Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley, writer Chris Morgan, and producer Hiram Garcia. Johnson planned to alter the Fast & Furious franchise’s course and ultimately let Luke Hobbs “walk off into the sunset.” Additionally, Hobbs & Shaw 2’s main roadblock, according to Dwayne Johnson, is timing, as his busy schedule keeps getting in the way. The Rock has been very busy during the past few years. Since Hobbs & Shaw, he has worked on a plethora of projects, including the forthcoming Red One, Jungle Cruise, Red Alert, Young Rock, DC League of SuperPets, and the DCEU’s Black Adam. It’s simple to understand why The Rock hasn’t had time to concentrate on Hobbs & Shaw 2 given the part Dwayne Johnson frequently plays in the creative process and the long advertising phase each film necessitates.