The news that Dwayne Johnson's rumored Fast and Furious spinoff is now official shows just how big the car-focused franchise has become, but apparently, it could have been even bigger, and full of even more spinoffs. Tyrese Gibson has made his displeasure with the spinoff known on social media in recent days, but his latest post on the topic appears to have revealed a previously unknown detail, that at least one other Fast and Furious spinoff, starring him and Ludacris, was floated at some time in the past. He may also be claiming that others in the cast were also offered spinoffs. According to Tyrese (hashtags have been removed for clarity)...
The one part of Tyrese's Instagram post that's clear, other than the part where he's really unhappy about Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs spinoff, is that he says he and Ludacris turned down a potential spinoff that would have starred the characters of Roman and Tej, first introduced in 2 Fast 2 Furious. However, due to the fact that he hashtagged the names of both Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, in the same way that he did Roman/Tej, he might also be claiming that they were offered spinoff films as well, and also turned them down.
The characters of Roman and Tej were introduced in the second Fast and Furious movie and then vanished until Fast Five. On the one hand, a spinoff that took place between those two movies could have made some sense. With the third Fast and Furious movie not really being directly connected to the previous two (until after the fact), a spinoff could have worked around the same time period. Of course, it's hard to see how Tyrese and Ludacris would have seen themselves as part of a "family" when they'd only been in one movie, and the franchise seemed to be moving on without them. If the spinoff was offered post-Fast Five, the desire to turn it down might make more sense, though one wonders if the opportunity for such a film may have passed by then.
And then there's the ambiguous hashtagging of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Since Tyrese also includes the director of the original The Fast and the Furious, Rob Cohen, their names might be here as part of his earlier sentence about the "original Fast Family," or they could be meant to be included with his following comment about Roman/Tej, implying that they as well could have been part of spinoffs.
Whatever the truth, we know that The Rock's spinoff, alongside Jason Statham, will be happening. We'll see it in theaters July 26, 2019.
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