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We don’t normally deal with anything related to the Fast & Furious franchise here at WTNH, but this news was juicy enough to warrant a mention.
The upcoming ninth movie in the franchise – imaginatively called Fast & the Furious 9 – has reportedly been pushed back to a 2020 release date, with a spin-off featuring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham coming out in 2019 in its place.
The spin-off project has been in development for some time, with the Rock commenting on it once the news initially broke earlier in the year, but despite this, no deals have yet to be made with the lead actors, as THR reports.
The spin-off, which is currently still-untitled, is being developed from a script written by franchise writer Chris Morgan, who has been with the series since the beginning.
Morgan’s first entry, 2001’s Fast & The Furious proved to be a smash hit pulling in $365 million worldwide.
Now, here’s where things get juicy.
Tyrese Gibson, one of the stars of the Fast & Furious series, hit out at Dwayne Johnson on social media, blaming The Rock for the movie’s pushback.
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#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
As you can see from the above Instagram post, Tyrese has some beef with Dwayne, claiming how The Rock has made the Fast & Furious franchise all about him.
Tyrese also hit out, mockingly asking if the spin-off will be another Baywatch movie, which did not fare well on Rotten Tomatoes, with a rating of just 18%.
Tyrese isn’t the only Fast & Furious actor to have had beef with The Rock, however, with Vin Diesel famously having a long-running and public feud with The Great One last year following the filming Fast 8.
Whether it’s all for show, a case of testosterone-driven alpha-males butting heads for supremacy, or real honest-to-goodness hostility between the parties remains to be seen, but as far as I’m concerned, Dwayne has quite a lot of right to a spin-off movie.
He did basically save the franchise when he joined the franchise in 2011’s Fast Five.
Then again, I would side with “#TeamDewayne”, wouldn’t I?