It seems that we're heading in a slightly different direction for the next Fast and Furious movie. Dwayne Johnson announced that he would be starting production on the spinoff in September. It looks like Johnson may have gotten another person in this divorce. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Casey has been brought on to write the next entry into the series. This is the first time the series has picked up a new writer since the third installment in 2006.
Chris Morgan had been the chief writer of the franchise, writing every single movie since the third installment, 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, continuing to pen scripts all the way through 2017's The Fate of the Furious. Morgan hasn't left completely, he just switched vehicles: He is now writing and producing the tentatively titled Hobbs and Shaw, the Furious spinoff to star Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
The rumors are that star Vin Diesel and Johnson didn't exactly part on the best of terms. Morgan jumped the ship and that appears to be taking sides. Or Universal gave Johnson Morgan in this divorce.
Fast 9 will be directed by Justin Lin, the director who helmed four of the Fast movies and who is returning to the franchise after sitting out the seventh and eighth installments. Lin, whose Fast titles have grossed almost $2 billion dollars, is seen as the filmmaker who took a movie series based on street racing culture and took it to new heights, turning it into a global action franchise.
Casey, on the other hand, is an up-and-comer. He wrote the screenplay for the upcoming science fiction movie Kin, and his screenplay for The Heavy, a subversive take on superheroes, was just picked up by Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot, and J.J. Abrams.