The Rock might have considered his co-star Vin Diesel as a "candy ass" when they were working side by side for The Fate of the Furious, but the hatred does not run deep enough to part ways from this monster franchise. This week TMZ explained that the Hollywood duo have buried the hatchet on their professional disagreement in the knowledge that they will be seeing a lot more of each other.
Johnson and Diesel have reportedly agreed terms with Universal for another sequel. All ahead of a mooted Furious 9 picture in the near future. The 44-year old former WWE star linked up with the series for 2011's Fast Five while the latter has been involved from day one courtesy of 2001's The Fast and the Furious. A short hiatus had him back in the role as Dominic Toretto with the 2009 installment Fast & Furious, missing out on 2 Fast 2 Furious and the 2006 spinoff The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Rock Thanks The Fans For Smashing Historic Milestone
Biggest global box office opening of all time and the most fun, get the job done, shit talkin' character I've ever played. THANK YOU. I've learned over the years that anytime success comes along I always pause and ask the critical questions. What's the next move? What's the best move? What's the smart move that gives the people what they want? Then my mind drifts to what size off road tires I should put on my next pick up truck. You know, the important stuff. Grateful and thrilled you guys luv the movie! Now the internal dialogue and business strategy begins. #FateOfTheFurious #BiggestOpeningOfAllTime #HobbsTheBeast #StillNeedTheRightTiresForMyRaptor 😉🤙🏾
As movie number 8 overtook the previous mantle holder in Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a global box office opening weekend, the $532.5m figure will more than likely pave the way for the title to tackle the $1b barrier. Reprising his role as Luke Hobbs for the blockbuster, Johnson took to Instagram to thank those that made the figure possible.
“Biggest global box office opening of all time and the most fun, get the job done, s*** talkin’ character I’ve ever played. THANK YOU,” he posted. “I’ve learned over the years that anytime success comes along I always pause and ask the critical questions. What’s the next move? What’s the best move? What’s the smart move that gives the people what they want? Then my mind drifts to what size off road tires I should put on my next pick up truck. You know, the important stuff... Grateful and thrilled you guys luv (sic) the movie! Now the internal dialogue and business strategy begins.”
Rampage Starts Rolling For Video Game Adaptation
Film producer Hiram Garcia has been a long time associate of Johnson's and the pair have quickly shifted their attention away from the Furious franchise towards his next project -- Rampage. The video game adaptation began principal photography this week as Jake Lacy and Malin Akerman fronted the cameras on the first day of shooting.
Unlike most productions that has The Rock's name attached to it, there is a great amount of doubt and trepidation that this can be a commercial and critical hit for the actor. Following flicks like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, both of which struggled to please fans of the game or moviegoers in general, this could be his greatest challenge yet.