The Fast and the Furious is one of the most entertaining, thrilling, adrenaline-filled, action-packed franchises in Hollywood. Till now, there have been 8 F&F movies that have been released featuring epic car chases, insane heists, high stakes game of chicken between the police and street gangs etc.
The first four Fast & Furious movies had an almost similar template and they were more like a strong of stand-alone movies without much interconnectedness. So, it was felt that the franchise had to be rebooted to revitalize the audience’s interest in it. From Fast 5 onwards, Justin Lin came onto the driver’s seat and the franchise really changed the gears in terms of story and style. And this is when Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was introduced into the F&F franchise.
The recent Fate of the Furious or Fast 8 became the second movie in the action franchise to cross Billion dollar mark after Fast 7. But happier times did not last very long as a major feud broke out between Vin Diesel and Dwayne The Rock Johnson.
The Rock and Jason Statham’s chemistry received huge applause and positive reception from the audience, apparently, Vin Diesel was irked by that so much tha he forced Universal Pictures to dump that scene. In response to this, The Rock called him out openly and referred to him as “Candy Ass” on his twitter page, but they managed to put aside differences in the end.
But shortly another feud broke out between Tyrese and The Rock this time. Tyrese held ‘The Rock’ guilty of breaking away from the family and going solo. Further, he accused him of being solely responsible for the delay of F&F 9.
Here’s what Tyrese said:
“So, what’s the reason we’re pushing the release date back now? I’ve just got a problem with Dwayne… it appears that he’s being selfish. It appears that he’s so focused on furthering his own self-interest that he’s making decisions from the seat that he’s sitting in. Fast & the Furious 9 isn’t coming out until 2020. It’s f—d up.”
But as the feud intensified, Tyrese backtracked a little and said:
“I don’t know what they’re doing. Everybody’s coming at me, like I’m hating on Dwayne for his spin-off. I’m not. I just wish he was releasing it at a different time. It’s not a conflict, but Fast & Furious is like a holiday. Fast & Furious family, the fans, the tribe, the people who have been rocking with us for 16 years… you know, pushing our release date back, it’s only happened one time in the history of Fast & Furious, when we lost our brother Paul Walker”.
The Rock brought the controversy to an end when he said:
“At the end of the day, the only thing I want to do is make a great movie for the fans. I never ever get wrapped up in the sludge of the bulls*** that can be connected at times to a franchise. So I never get dragged into it. I never respond to any of that.”
Well, the bitter feud is behind them and the spin-off movie titled “Hobbs and Shaw” got the go ahead and both the stars are excited about the project. Here’s what Dwayne Johnson said:
“We’ve got a lot of surprises. It’s been a challenging process because I feel like my intention from day one, when I first joined the cast, was to hopefully come in, have fun, and create a character that people will hopefully like and try to elevate the franchise. But in the process of elevating the franchise, I have always thought that in order for this to have real longevity and legs, we should spin out and create characters that can live on their own.”
There is some casting news coming wherein the iconic Idris Elba has been roped to play the antagonist in the movie. Apparently, the duo will be going against the might of Elba who is a common enemy. Also, Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, MI: Fall out) is in final negotiations with the makers to join the cast.
The movie is directed by Deadpool 2’s David Leitsch, written by veteran F&F writer Chris Morgan. The release date is still unknown.