The Rock also gave an update on Hobbs & Shaw 2.
We know it is difficult to believe, but the Fast & Furious franchise is coming to an end.
Having kicked off 20 years ago, the Fast Saga will be delivering a one-two punch soon enough, with Fast 10 Part One due in April 2023 and Part Two some time after that.
Sure, we’ll potentially have that all-female movie and a few other spin-offs (more on those in a bit), but this main story of family and muscle cars will be over.
One of the more dramatic elements of the franchise is the very public falling out between Vin Diesel and The Rock, reportedly stemming from Universal offering The Rock his own spin-off with Hobbs & Shaw, effectively shunting the remainder of the Fast & Furious entries down the release schedule by a few years.
In the five years since, the pair have taken pot shots at each other via social media, with it long being believed that Diesel wouldn’t be inviting The Rock back to finish out the series. But it turns out that may no longer be the case…
In an Instagram post on Sunday evening, Diesel wrote the following:
“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come. The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes… but the time has come. Legacy awaits. I told you years ago that I was going to fulfil my promise to Pablo.
“I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfil your destiny.”
At the time of writing, The Rock has not (publicly) responded, probably because he’s still working the publicity trail for Netflix’s most expensive project of all time, Red Notice.
What he has responded to recently are questions about the Hobbs & Shaw sequel, to which he told Sirius XM the following:
“So when it comes to Hobbs & Shaw, which we loved making that movie, there’s an idea that I had that I called Donna Langley, called our writer Chris Morgan, our producer Hiram Garcia. And I said, ‘I have this idea and this direction for Hobbs.’ And I pitched it and they all loved it.
“It would be the antithesis of what Fast and Furious movies generally are in that they continue to go on and go on and go on. In this case, I still want to do the quintessential Hobbs movie. That, without giving it away, you watch a man walk off into the sunset.
“Donna loved it and they’ve been wonderful partners at Universal, but I said, ’You know, we have an opportunity here, I think to go against the grain and let’s disrupt things a little bit, and let’s create a movie within the Fast and Furious world that is unexpected, that I think people will go, ‘Oh man, like, wow, thank you for that.'”
Meanwhile, we chatted to Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and director/co-writer Justin Lin about how they’d like to see Fast 9 influence Fast 10 Part One and Part Two. Check out those interviews in full right here: