The ‘family’ is fracturing. It began during the production of “The Fate of the Furious” when it was revealed Vin Diesel and co-star Dwayne Johnson had a falling out and wouldn’t even share the same frame on screen.
More recently, Tyrese Gibson has taken to social media to personally slam Johnson as word came of a “Fast and the Furious” spin-off being set for 2019 with the focus on Hobbs (Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). It’s also a spin-off that has seemingly delayed the ninth film in the main series until 2020.
Gibson was furious, but Diesel was calmer and in a statement said the franchise “needed more maintenance” and he intends to stay positive. Johnson has stayed fairly mum throughout all this, but that’s changed in the past day or so as he’s taken to social media to discuss the film.
In a statement on Instagram he thanked everyone keen to “expand and build out the FAST & FURIOUS universe in a cool, exciting way” and then suggests there’s an open door for most of the main cast who want to join the spin-off:
“My vision is to create greater opportunities for not only my fellow FF cast mates, but for other amazing actors as well who want to be a part of something new and cool. I want to use my spinoff platform to create new characters that fans will ultimately love to have fun with in multiple chapters and platforms.
Film, TV, Digital, Virtual Reality etc.. the more opportunities we can create the better for the fans. Smart business. Let’s have some FUN and to quote, Hobbs the boss, if you don’t like it, we’re happy to beat that ass like a Cherokee drum. #CandyAssesNeedNotApply”
The Hobbs/Shaw spinoff opens July 26th 2019 while the ninth “Fast & Furious” opens April 10th 2020.