Despite the feud ending almost two years ago, it looks like Diesel’s recent comments have opened up some of the old wounds, at least a little. Diesel recently said he was only showing Johnson “tough love” in their Fast and Furious feud and in a new interview with SlashFilm the actor said he laughed a lot hearing this and revealed that ‘He wouldn’t be coming back for the last two main lines Fast and The Furious Movies.
“I laughed and laughed a lot,” Johnson said. “I think everyone laughed at that. And I will stop there. And that I wished them good luck. I wish them good luck on Fast 9. And I wish them good luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast and Furious movies they make, it’ll be without me. ”
Things could change, but Johnson’s comment seems pretty clear: Universal will do Fast & Furious 10 and 11 without their Hobbes character. However, Johnson’s commentary contains just enough ambiguity to leave the door open for other Fast and Furious movies that could include it as the sequel to Hobbes & Shaw, or, if we’re lucky, Hobbs & Han (please Universal).
SlashFilm asked Johnson about this when he spoke with him about his upcoming Disney movie, Jungle Cruise, so co-star Emily Blunt was there to apparently shed some light on the situation. She said, “Just thank goodness [Diesel] was there ”because“ he got you through that, ”which is the slight rib in between that has been featured in a lot of Jungle Cruises marketing so far.
It’s sad news for the family, but the next two Fast and Furious main films are still years away, so who knows, maybe the two can open a Corona together and be reconciled once again.
For now, check out our thoughts on the latest film in the franchise in IGN’s F9 review, then check out the latest trailer for Jungle Cruise. Read this story about how Johnson says Hobbs & Shaw 2 is in development after this.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guidebook maker for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter @LeBlancWes.