Universal's Fast and Furious franchise off-camera story has become more high-octane than the on-screen adventures thanks to Tyrese Gibson's public outrage over a rift he believes co-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson caused. However, despite Vin Diesel's attempt to pacify the co-stars, Gibson shows no signs of slowing down his anger. He continues to vent over Fast and Furious 9 getting pushed back to 2020 in order to facilitate a spinoff featuring Johnson's Lieutenant Hobbs, calling it a "selfish" move.
Speaking to TMZ, Tyrese said he isn't mad at Johnson for getting his own film in the series, but on the fact that the ninth chapter in the franchise has to be delayed because of this new development, something done only once before due to the death of star Paul Walker.
"... Everybody coming at me like I'm hating on Dwayne about his spinoff, but I'm not. The truth is, I just wish he was releasing it at a different time. It's not a conflict, it's just The Fast and the Furious is like a holiday," he said. "The Fast and the Furious family -- the fans, the tribe, the people that’s been rocking with us for 16 years -- you know, pushing our release date back… it's only happened one time in the history of the Fast and the Furious [franchise], is when we lost our brother, Paul Walker. So, what's the reason we're pushing the release date back now?"
Universal has moved forward with a 2019 release date for the spinoff with Johnson and Jason Statham's character, Shaw, following fans' reception to their chemistry in the last movie. However, Gibson remains adamant that Johnson has been key in orchestrating things with his current Hollywood star power, which he believes is a self-serving move by the former wrestler.
"So, you know, I just got a problem with Dwayne; it appears he's being selfish. It appears that he's so focused on furthering his own self-interest, he's making decisions from the seat he's sitting on. Fast and Furious 9 is not coming out until 2020… it's f--ed up," Gibson added.
The still-untitled spinoff is being developed from a script by franchise writer Chris Morgan, who has been involved with the series since the beginning. Morgan wrote the first installment, which proved to be a breakout hit, pulling in $363 million at the worldwide box office.