Tyrese Gibson calls out Dwayne Johnson after Fast & Furious 9 delay
Tyrese Gibson, one of the more typically lighthearted spirits of the Fast & Furious franchise, is still not happy with Dwayne Johnson. After begging The Rock not to delay the release of the ninth film, the actor fired off again after it was officially announced Wednesday that the next installment has been pushed back to 2020.
“Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU,” Gibson wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday night. “And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post – Gn folks see you in 2020 April #FastFamily right? Nah….. it’s about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait? #NoShaw just Hobbs will this be another #BayWatch? Guys guys just relax I’m just a passionate film critic.”
Johnson co-founded Seven Bucks Productions (which works on films like Jungle Cruise, Rampage, and the Jumanji sequel) with Dany Garcia. Hiram Garcia is the president of production.
Fast & Furious 9 was originally planned for April 19, 2019, and Universal Pictures did not reveal a reason for delaying the film to April 10, 2020. There have long been rumors of a spin-off film to focus on Johnson’s Hobbs, which could theoretically postpone upcoming Fast installments. Gibson argued as much in his first message to Johnson on Instagram in September.
“If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter,” he wrote at the time. “I don’t wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about. I’m on your timeline cause you’re not responding to my text messages – #FastFamily is just that a family…….. We don’t fly solo.”
Other behind-the-scenes drama swirled around The Fate of the Furious ahead of and after the film’s release. Michelle Rodriguez threatened to leave the franchise altogether if they “don’t show love to the women,” while Johnson called out his costars on social media.
Reps for Gibson and Johnson did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.