Universal & ‘Fast & Furious’ Producer Neal Moritz Settle ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Legal Drag Race

EXCLUSIVE: Just like Hobbs and Shaw themselves, the once battling Universal and The Fast and The Furious franchise producer Neal Moritz have become a buddy flick again.

Almost two years after Moritz took the Comcast-owned studio to court for breach of contract on the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham starring F&F spinoff, the two sides have settled – and it’s all hugs, kisses and pedal to the metal now.

“Neal H. Moritz has been an integral part of the Fast & Furious family since the inception of the franchise nearly two decades ago,” a Universal spokesperson told Deadline today. “The studio and Neal have amicably resolved our dispute and settled all claims relating to the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw.  We’re glad to put this issue behind us and focus on the future of this franchise.”

Paperwork is being filed as we speak in LA Superior Court to make the confidential settlement official.

Fast & Furious has always been about family and unfortunately we had a little family disagreement,” Moritz said on Thursday of the suit he filed in October 2018. “I am happy to rejoin my Universal and Fast family to continue to work on the Fast saga for many films to come.  I appreciate Universal’s leadership team working with me and my attorney Howard Abramson to resolve this fairly.”

The resolution comes around a week after Universal came up short before a Golden State appeal panel in its bid to have the matter taken behind closed doors into arbitration.

The Boys EP, who recently extended his first-look deal with Paramount, claimed that he had suddenly been tossed off Hobbs and Shaw just days before the flick went before the cameras. In a skirmish over rejigged profits participation, Moritz sought to be either reinstated as lead producer on the spinoff or be paid out “tens of millions dollars in damages in lost compensation” from the Donna Langley-run studio on the summer 2019 released Hobbs and Shaw.

Now that dispute has been solidly parked.

The P.G.A. credited Moritz is a producer on the upcoming F9, which saw its original blockbuster May 2020 release  pushed  to April 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic

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