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George Christy Talks About The Fast and Furious, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and more!

Jason Statham with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley during the world premiere of Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw held at The Dolby Theatre
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Angelica Celaya
Kelly McCormick, Executive Producer) and David Leitch, Director

Posted Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 4:40 pm

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The Fast and the Furious is Universal’s biggest franchise of all time.

Ranking as the ninth highest grossing film series ever, with a take of more than 5 billion dollars.

The Fast and the Furious goldmine includes attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood, video games and toys, live shows, etc.

The star of the original film, Paul Walker, died in a fiery car crash in 2013 at the age of 40, leaving a young daughter, Meadow Rain, and a huge collection of more than 30 exotic vehicles.

Vin Diesel co-starred in the first movie in 2001 with Paul, and today’s spin-off, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, has fans wondering is there any box office magic left? Indisputably yes. With Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham co-staring.

The Fast and Furious Franchise has released eight films to date, with Fast and Furious 9 in filming and an untitled tenth film in pre-production, set to be released in 2020, and 2021, respectively.

Originally intended to be a trilogy of films focused on racing, The Fast and the Furious has spawned short films, The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Los Bandoleros. A television series in development now, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, along with another spin-off centered around the female characters.

The screenwriters for this female protagonist-driven spinoff will be Captain Marvel’s Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’s Lindsey Beer.

At the Dolby Theater premiere, additional talk focused on the big news. The recent 7.1 earthquake, which, according to seismologists, had the strength of 45 nuclear bombs. Had the fault lines shifted in another direction, they would’ve created a catastrophe of unspeakable carnage.

All the same, imagine the crowd’s terror when 30 minutes into the film, the screening was interrupted by electrical sparks due to a liquid spill. 

Dwayne Johnson was quick to comfort the audience, promising he was waiting in the wings to assure the crowd was safe. Though, he scoffed, “Jason Statham ran his ass out of here.”

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