Just as the reported feud between Tyrese Gibson & Dwayne Johnson reached levels where Tyrese threatened to quit if Johnson remained in the films, it’s seemingly just come to an end. In a new Instagram post, this time featuring Johnson & Gibson together with Vin Diesel, Gibson states that he had a conversation with an associate of Johnson that he respects and he will no longer be mentioning the issues.
Want you guys to know I️ had a real Heart to Heart with one of Dewayne’s associates and this will be my last post about him…….. I️ repeat my last…. I️ respect the associate who called.. My story will never change I️ was never DJ’s Co-Star… I’m Shayla’s Father first…. Justin Lin is back in the driver seat that’s exciting cause it going to feel like the true #FastFamily all over again….. When we see Justin we see Paul…..
As noted in the post while Gibson is not going to mention the issues & is happy that Justin Lin is back to helm the final two films in the franchise, he is not changing his stories about the issues he had with Johnson.
This feud is reportedly one that began because of Fast and Furious 9 being delayed so that a spinoff film can be created starring Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. Gibson’s story is that he confided in Johnson and others that issues with his ex-wife in court have kept him from seeing his kids and Johnson taking the spinoff would mean a delay that would keep Gibson from being able to work and earn money to help with his legal woes.
Diesel weighed in on the delay after it happened, to say that the spinoff didn’t cause the delay but needing time to fine tune the film to what they want it to be caused the delay. The fact that they seemingly just got Lin aboard to direct likely could have a part in the delay as well as they might have been waiting for him to be free and willing to come aboard again.
Universal has committed itself to two more Fast films in order to finish off the main franchise, but has been interested in the idea of spinoffs in order to keep the franchise going in some way. It’s likely that the spinoff might have been fast-tracked to fill this gap because of the delay so that the franchise stays in the mind of audiences and Universal keeps making money off their must lucrative franchise.
Fast and Furious 9 is set for an April 10, 2020 release.