When it was announced that Universal was moving forward with its planned Fast and Furious spin-off just days after it had confirmed that Fast and Furious 9 had been pushed back a year, actor Tyrese Gibson took to social media to express his frustrations concerning the spin-off and, more specifically, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for causing a rift among the Fast family.
It all started when the Rock posted a photo of himself at a table following a production meeting last month. In a since deleted comment, Gibson stated that should Johnson move forward on the Hobbs spin-off film, he’d purposely ignore “the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter.” So, naturally, when it was reported that the spin-off was, in fact, moving forward Gibson returned to social media to voice his anger, citing Johnson for making the fan-favorite franchise all about him.
#PSA Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU – And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah….. it's about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I'm just a passionate film critic
While Gibson hasn’t held back on his feelings regarding the first Fast and Furious spin-off, Jonhson has — for the most part — remained quiet on the matter, only tweeting out the following which revealed he’d always intended to expand the franchise from the moment he’d signed on.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 6, 2017
Doing his best to try and cool things down between his fellow cast members, Diesel took to Instagram to reveal it wasn’t the spin-off that pushed Fast and Furious 9 back as Gibson and others have suggested, but rather the need for more work on the film. “However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance,” he said, revealing he’d gotten Ron Meyer’s approval to give them more time to ensure things were perfect before entering production.
Brotherhood… and all it's complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer… and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, 'who they would like to see me work with?' She said would love to see me work with Dwayne… I listened to her request and he became Hobbs. I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone's fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways
This, of course, isn’t the first feud to happen among the Fast and Furious family. Vin Diesel was famously said to be in his own much-reported fued with Johnson during production on The Fate of the Furious. It’s said that things have since cooled between the two and they will both return in the next installment of the franchise.
The Fate of the Furious, the franchise’s eighth installment, earned $1.2 billion in 2017. It was directed by F. Gary Gray and starred Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.
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