*DRUMROLL* Excited… despite it being longer than expected? We feel you.
The delayed release date isn’t the only drama surrounding Fast and Furious 9. There was tension between Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson back in September. Gibson had commented on one of Johnson’s Instagram photos and suggested that Johnson was talking about doing a film centered on his character Luke Hobbs.
” If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter”, Gibson had wrote at the time in a since-deleted comment on the picture. “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.”
Evidently Gibson had more to say as he added another lengthy comment – one that mentioned the film’s release date (Uh oh).
“I have never and will never have a problem with this major movie star he’s my brother”, said Gibson. “I’m simply trying to reach him cause he won’t call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie, I want you to shoot it but not right now cause the #FAST9 release date has already been announced and we can’t let our loyal fans #FASTFAMILY or our loyal Fast and Furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date… Didn’t you see how huge #FAST8 was? It’s because we announced and KEPT our release date bro”.
“We do this on behalf of the families, the cast, the crew member who have been down and loyal to us for 15 years ….Everyone matters”. he added. “When we shoot we all eat, we show up as a FAMILY – displaying our love, our funny story, our story lines and our HEARTS in every frame. Me and the cast laugh because it seems like #Fast is like a holiday at this point.. You[can’t] push the release date of a holiday bro .. it’s tradition it’s fans that are loyal.”
Well this isn’t the first time the movie franchise has pushed back a release date. Fast and Furious 7 was delayed following the death of Paul Walker.
In addition to scheduling the release of the ninth movie, Diesel recently announced a Fast and Furious Live Tour, which is set to debut in 2018.