Vin Diesel Defends 'Fast 9' Delay: 'The Franchise Is in Need of Maintenance'

Gina Carbone
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Vin Diesel says it's "unfair" to blame any one person (*cough*TheRock*cough*) for the "Fast 9" delay, arguing "the franchise is in need of maintenance," and now they have the time for it.

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."

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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