The drama around the ninth installment of the mega successful Fast and Furious franchise continues to brew, this time with Vin Diesel himself choosing to speak out. Diesel took to his Instagram recently to help soothe the waters after Tyrese Gibson accused Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson of warping the movie franchise to be “all about him.”
Tyrese was upset that the Rock’s recently confirmed spin-off movie was apparently more important than the upcoming ninth film in the F&F series, since the spinoff will be put into production before the still untitled Fate of the Furious sequel and has bumped the latter’s release date to 2020.
Vin Diesel took to Instagram to comment on the mess. “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,” Diesel wrote. “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.”
Diesel also went on to tease some new developments to the franchise. It is unclear if he is talking about the spin-off movie starring the Rock or something else entirely. “Like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance,” Diesel wrote. “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.”
Diesel definitely took a more diplomatic route than Tyrese's more direct, outspoken approach. It seems like Diesel is hoping to calm the waters and assure fans that everything is still under control. However, the fact that he chose to write this lengthy Instagram caption underneath a photo of him and The Rock certainly helps confirm that Diesel’s loyalty still lies with the Rock and that Tyrese’s bold claims might not exactly be true.
The Rock’s spin-off will focus on his character Hobbs alongside Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, and it is well on its way to beginning production next year for a summer 2019 release. The Fate of the Furious sequel was originally set for a release in the same year, but has since been bumped to 2020.