When rumors first began circulating that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham were looking to expand the Fast and Furious franchise with their own spin-off, lots of drama ensued -- namely from fellow Fast and Furious cast member, Tyrese Gibson. Now, as the spin-off inches closer to production, Johnson has commented on the "feud" between the two, calling it one-sided.
During a recent appearance on Bravo's What What Happens Live to promote his new film, Skyscraper, a fan called in to ask the actor about the feud with Gibson, and whether or not the duo have spoken since Gibson's outbursts on social media last year. Unsurprisingly, Johnson confirmed that the two are not on speaking terms. He also went on to reveal that, for him, the supposed feud was very one-sided, as it was Gibson that had ignited everything and continued it for so long -- something that surprised the actor, as he'd viewed Gibson as a friend for some time prior to the supposed feud.
"No. No, we haven't talked at all. And you know, that whole thing with Tyrese was pretty disappointing, um, because I'd been friends with Tyrese for a very long time," Johnson explained. "You know, I always feel like a beef requires two people to actually jump in it and it was really one-sided. He had voiced his opinion a lot on social media, and apparently he was going through some stuff too... but no, we haven't talked and I don't see where we would. There's no need to have a conversation."
Of course, it's important to note that the entire feud began because Johnson's Fast and Furious spin-off would delay Fast and Furious 9, an act Gibson dubbed selfish on Johnson's part. However, while Gibson felt the spin-off was 'selfish' due to it delaying the ninth installment of the main franchise, Vin Diesel seemed to dispel Gibson's argument, explaining that it was important to know when something needs maintenance and to take the proper time to ensure it's taken care of. For Diesel, the delay meant perfecting the story, even if that meant delaying the film. Either way, both films are in varying stages of development with the spin-off having recently landed Idris Elba as the villain, while Fast and Furious 9 as recently secured a new writer with Kin's Daniel Casey.
Hobbs and Shaw, the Fast and Furious spinoff will star Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham and is expected to hit theaters on July 26, 2019. The script was written by Chris Morgan, who has been involved with the series since its inception, having written six of the eight installments for the Universal franchise. Deadpool 2 director David Leitch will helm the film.