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Dwayne pitched an unexpected ‘Hobbs & Shaw 2’ story to Universal

Published : 04 Nov 2021 12:41 AM | Updated : 04 Nov 2021 04:44 PM

Dwayne Johnson reveals the unexpected ‘Hobbs & Shaw 2’story pitch he brought to Universal Pictures and what it will take to get the sequel made. The 2019 action film was the first spin-off of the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise and centered on Johnson and Jason Statham's titular characters as they find themselves forced to work together to protect Shaw's MI6 agent sister from a cybernetically-enhanced terrorist after a deadly virus she is carrying. Alongside Johnson and Statham, the cast for ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ included Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza González, Cliff Curtis, Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

Hobbs & Shaw proved to be a critical and commercial hit, with reviews praising the comedic chemistry between Johnson and Statham and the large-scale action sequences and having brought in over $760 million at the box office against its $200 million budget. Shortly after its release, producer Hiram Garcia teased the possibility of a sequel as all involved entered talks to return while franchise writer Chris Morgan and director David Leitch discussed the story possibilities for a follow-up. While Johnson confirmed last year that a sequel was properly in the works with Morgan signing on to once again write, the ever-busy star has offered an intriguing update for the film.

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In anticipation of the release of his Netflix blockbuster ‘Red Notice’, Johnson spoke with Sirius XM's ‘The Jess Cagle Show’ about the possibility of ‘Hobbs & Shaw 2’. Johnson expressed the delay for the film, along with other projects, is currently a matter of scheduling but revealed he did bring his own pitch to Universal and Morgan for the sequel that the duo loved. 

Though Johnson may have remained tight-lipped on the exact details of his ‘Hobbs & Shaw 2’ story pitch, his tease of "a man walk off into the sunset" and going against the grain of the ongoing ‘Fast & Furious’ movies seemingly indicates his idea is to bring his time to a proper close in the franchise.     -Screen Rant

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