18 Oct – "Hobbs and Shaw" keeps hitting one roadblock after another. This probably won't affect it much but the latest controversy to hit the "Fast and Furious" spinoff is a lawsuit.
Neal Moritz, producer of the action franchise, is suing Universal Pictures for breach of oral contract and promissory fraud following his ban from the production of the spinoff, Deadline reported.
The complaint stated that the idea for the Hobbs and Shaw-focused movie was developed by Moritz and screenwriter, Chris Morgan, after the principal photography of "Fast and Furious 8" wrapped.
Discussion on the project then begun with President of Universal Pictures, Jimmy Horowitz, after the idea was pitched to and well-received by Universal Pictures Chairman, Donna Langley, in spring 2017.
After settling on a verbal agreement with Universal on his cut of the project, Mortiz started developing the movie for over a year and a half with stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, who are reprising their roles as the titular Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively, as well as with director David Leitch who boarded the project later on.