Vin Diesel Defends 'Fast 9' Delay: 'The Franchise Is in Need of Maintenance'
Diesel is clearly trying to bring the "Fast" family back together after Tyrese Gibson's very public (but also very one-sided) feud with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Tyrese has posted several times, openly blaming The Rock's Hobbs spinoff for the delay of "Fast 9" delay; he tagged The Rock and producer Hiram Garcia when writing, "I guess dreams do come true congratulations to @hhgarcia41 and @therock you guys are just amazing you really broke up the #FastFamily..."
Diesel had posted a photo with Tyrese and Paul Walker, seeming to back Tyrese in his public attacks. However, he followed that with this "Brotherhood" photo alongside The Rock. In the new post, he addressed the "complexities" of the "Fast" family, but also teased "some very exciting news to share soon."
Brotherhood... and all it's complexities. This scene was filmed in Puerto Rico, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Such a beautiful island, the people were so warm and welcoming. I turned 43 that summer... and my son Vincent was born. A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, 'who they would like to see me work with?' She said would love to see me work with Dwayne... I listened to her request and he became Hobbs. I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed... but it would be unfair to say it is anyone's fault. As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan's perspective has been instrumental in procuring success. However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon... stay tuned. Yours truly, Dom #FamilyAlways
After that post, he shared this one with on-screen wife Michelle Rodriguez:
It's possible the "maintenance" and "exciting news" have to do with Rodriguez's complaint that there hasn't been enough for the women to do after eight movies in the franchise. Either way, fans are on standby for some good news on the "Fast 9" front.
"Fast 9" was scheduled to open in 2019 but that was pushed to 2020. The spinoff with The Rock and Jason Statham will now open in 2019.
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