A lot of drama has surrounded Dwayne Johnson's "Fast and Furious" spinoff, but all he wants to do is "make a great movie for the fans."

Johnson, who's promoting "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," told Entertainment Weekly that the spinoff focused on his "Fast" character Hobbs and Jason Statham's Shaw will have "a lot of surprises" and more "big stars."

"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," he said of the spinoff.

The actor first came on board the franchise in "Fast Five" and has become a staple of the films. But the drama began during production of "The Fate of the Furious" when he called some unnamed co-stars "candy asses" (many interpreted that to be directed at Vin Diesel).

Then, Tyrese Gibson blasted the Rock, since the spinoff meant delaying "Fast and Furious 9" (and thus, delaying Gibson's next payday), and even threatened to leave the franchise.

Johnson isn't here for any feuds, though.

"I never ever get wrapped up in the sludge of the bulls— that can be connected at times to a franchise," he said. "So I never get dragged into it. I never respond to any of that."
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