The public drama brewing between Fast and Furious costars continues to rage on with Tyrese Gibson delivering yet another harshly worded statement regarding Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's upcoming spinoff movie. Universal Pictures's decision to push back Fast and Furious 9 to April 2020 (from its original April 2019 release date) came mere days after Gibson had publicly pleaded with Johnson not to prioritize his spinoff film with Jason Statham - which would focus on the adventures of Johnson's DSS Agent Luke Hobbs and Stathams' former SAS Officer Deckard Shaw - over that of the mainline saga.
Then, the day after the studio delayed Fast and Furious 9, they confirmed Johnson and Statham's currently untitled Hobbs/Shaw spinoff, set to release in July 2019. That decision irked Gibson, who took to social media to issue a tirade of his co-star. Regardless, Johnson defended his Fast and Furious spinoff movie, saying that all he's wanted to do was to "build out" the series, something that didn't bother franchise leader Vin Diesel, who attempted to ease the tension between his fellow co-stars. Unfortunately, Diesel's message apparently wasn't taken to heart, seeing as Gibson is out with yet another statement.
TMZ caught up with Tyrese Gibson recently and questioned him about his supposed feud with Dwayne Johnson, regarding the newly-announced Fast and Furious spinoff movie. While Gibson played off his previous statements, trying to convey that he wasn't "hating" on Johnson, he still feels passionate about the unwise decision to delay the forthcoming ninth installment in the long-running saga.
"I don't know what they're doing. Everybody coming at me like I'm hating on Dwayne about his spinoff, but I'm not. The truth is, I just wish he was releasing it at a different time. It's not a conflict, it's just The Fast and the Furious is like a holiday. The Fast and the Furious family - the fans, the tribe, the people that's been rocking with us for 16 years - you know, pushing our release date back... it's only happened one time in the history of the Fast and the Furious [franchise], is when we lost our brother, Paul Walker. So, what's the reason we're pushing the release date back now? So, you know, I just got a problem with Dwayne; it appears he's being selfish. It appears that he's so focused on furthering his own self-interest, he's making decisions from the seat he's sitting on. Fast and Furious 9 is not coming out until 2020... it's f***ed up."
It's clear that Gibson's messages aren't working, at least not in the way that he probably wants them to, so he has taken his feud with Johnson a step further by digging up an old video of Johnson calling Gibson's 2015 "Black Rose" album the "biggest piece of dog s*** that I have ever heard." Johnson's harsh criticism of Gibson's album may appear as sarcasm, but with the way things have been boiling between several Fast and Furious co-stars, who knows. You can watch the video below.
For now, Universal Pictures has dated Johnson and Statham' Fast and Furious spinoff movie for July 2019, with Fast and Furious 9 releasing in April 2020 and Fast and Furious 10 - the supposed final installment in the mainline saga - still slated to release in April 2021. However, the studio may presumably push that film back as well.
- Fast & Furious 9 (2020) release date: May 22, 2020