The Fast and Furious franchise has gained so many characters over the years that the "family" has become quite large. However, the upcoming spinoff Hobbs & Shaw is set to focus on just two of the more popular member of the team. Shaw himself, Jason Statham, says that what makes the upcoming film so great, is that it gives the characters played by himself and the Rock more time, which means they can better develop their solid chemistry.
We have a good oil-and-water vibe going, we're (as different as) chalk and cheese and we've only really touched on what we can really get into with these two. We have a lot more room now.
Even before it was officially announced that Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson were getting their own spinoff film, many were remarking about the great chemistry that Hobbs and Shaw had in The Fate of the Furious, the two characters pretty much hated each other but that antagonism worked so well that you wanted to see more of it. It sounds like Statham's comments to USA Today mean that he does too.
Hobbs and Shaw will hit theaters next year, which was when the next installment of the main Fast and Furious franchise was originally going to be released. It seems, that Fast and Furious 9 was going to see a delay anyway, which resulted in producers slotting in the spinoff in order to keep the franchise moving. At least two more main installments are planned in the main franchise and it seems that the plan is to wrap up after number 10, though certainly plans could change between now and then.
It's certainly true that, with the cast of the Fast and Furious as big as it is, and the fact that Vin Diesel is clearly the star, a lot of the rest of the cast doesn't get the opportunity to really show what they can do, even though they're all fairly entertaining in their own right. This spinoff will help correct that for a couple of great characters. If it works, one wonders if others might follow to give the rest of the team the spotlight. It would certainly help the franchise continue and I'm guessing the studio wouldn't have any issues with that.
It doesn't hurt that in addition to working well together on screen, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson are two of the biggest action stars in Hollywood. The pair will certainly be able to show off some potentially impressive action, whether or not it involves large numbers of automobiles.
Hobbs and Shaw is set to begin filming next month ahead of a July 2019 release.