This particular incident is admittedly a rumor, but one thing is certain: the ninth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise has been officially delayed from 2019 to 2020. While the studio has yet to offer a detailed explanation for the bump, one of the franchise's stars, Tyrese Gibson, has a theory of his own.
"Fast family, right? Nah. It's about Team Dwayne. Three years," Gibson wrote during a series of heated exchanges that spanned multiple Instagram posts, passive-aggressively referring to the Fast spinoff film poised to star Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Gibson claimed that movie is holding up Fast 9, and threw the blame directly at Johnson, a star who has enough sway to determine which film gets priority.
It makes sense: if Universal wants to get a spinoff out there fast, they're not going to want two different Furious movies cannibalizing each other at the box office come 2019. So with Johnson's go-ahead—and a much smaller roster of stars to juggle—it's easy to assume they'd just crank out a spinoff and postpone the main series in order to keep revenue flowing and franchise fatigue at bay.
Whatever's really going on behind the scenes, the public dustup between Gibson and Johnson was relatively short-lived. Just days after threatening to quit the franchise over his co-star's perceived slight, Gibson posted another update assuring fans he'd had "a real heart to heart" with one of Johnson's "associates," and expressing excitement for that ninth installment.