Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Vin Diesel announced in an interview with Variety that potential spin-offs for the series were in the early stages of development. A spin-off film centered around Hobbs and Jason Statham's character Deckard Shaw has been announced by Universal and has a release date of July 26, 2019, with Variety reporting that Shane Black is being considered to direct and Morgan returning to write the script. The announcement of the spin-off provoked a response on Instagram by Tyrese Gibson, criticizing Johnson for causing the ninth Fast & Furious film to be delayed for another year. On October 23, 2017, Dwayne Johnson posted a video on Instagram which showed the finished script for the spin-off, titled Hobbs and Shaw. In February 2018, David Leitch entered talks to direct the film. In March 2018, it was reported that the film will start production in September 2018.