Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel's infamous on-set feud during Fate Of The Furious have sent fans into a frenzy about the future of the money minting action franchise. But a new report suggests that the A-list Hollywood stars have settled their issues and are planning to work together for the ninth sequel.
Gossip website TMZ claims that the co-stars have met several times to sort out issues between them and are now "1000%" in for Fast And The Furious 9. The actors were reportedly clashing over allotted screen time and the relative importance of their characters in the recently released eighth film. However, The Rock has reportedly accepted the fact that F&F is indeed Diesel's film.
The action franchise breathed new life into its fifth sequel with Johnson's entry in the film as Agent Hobbs. His star power accentuated the success of the sixth sequel and soon fans started recognising Johnson as a core member of the prime star cast. But Hobbs' character was underplayed in the seventh film.
There was speculation that the former WWE superstar wanted more screen time for his character in F&F 8.
In August 2016, he had gone on a public rant calling his male co-stars "chicken s**t" and "candy asses".
During the Fate Of The Furious promotion, however, the actors downplayed their much-reported feud. On the fight, Johnson said, "just like, in life, you have different philosophies and people have different fundamental philosophies on how you do things". Forty-nine-year-old Diesel said they continue to be friends. "In my house, he's 'Uncle Dwayne', and I'm proud of that," he told the website and added that he still takes suggestions from his "brother".
"When I was making that difficult decision, should there be an 8 or not, I called [Johnson] and he said, 'Brother, I will be there shoulder to shoulder with you to make sure it's the best movie in history.' And he delivered."
The two actors have shared minimal screen time between them but that has not impacted the film's box office success as it accelerated to a great start by smashing international records. The film earned around $532.5m (£424.7m) globally over the course of the Easter weekend.