"Fast and Furious" Is Slowly Getting Rid Of Vin Diesel, Reasons Came Out
We are used to seeing Dominic Toretto dominating the Fast & Furious franchise, but after so many movies, it seems like the creators are ready to let the character go. The story started with a team of L.A street racers, and now it’s become a huge story involving the same group.
The films have become so successful, that it spawned spin-offs for the characters of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. The studio recently revealed that David Leight would be in charge of the next installment, and Vin Diesel could be out because they might split the movies.
His character is just a street racer
The entire franchise started with the lead family stealing electronics and committing other illegal act, prompting an investigation by Brian O’Connor, played by the late Paul Walker. No matter where the story went, the main plot remained.
It centers on a family and their street racing days, and as a result, the writers have been limited in terms of finding new stories, despite the outrageous turns the franchise has taken over the years. None of the stunts they perform is believable by any stretch of the imagination.
If you compare the characters of Hobbs and Shaw, you can see that Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent, has knowledge of intricate weapons in addition to U.S. government funding. Similarly, Shaw was part of the British Special Forces and trained in hand-to-hand combat as a mercenary.
Both these characters have special training that could be believable in the kind of missions that the stories have tackled in the later films, so having them on the team makes sense. Therefore, if they created a spin-off, the main story with Toretto could remain true, and the spin-off could take another direction.
Paul Walker was a huge part of the original films
Some roles are replaceable, but the untimely death of Paul Walker was horrible for these movies, aside from painful for everyone around. The seventh film touched on this briefly, giving a hugely emotional spin on an action flick, but the character is still alive.
Brian O’Connor was a huge part of Toretto’s life, which means that the story cannot really move on without him. In Fate of the Furious, the leads even suggested calling him when things got tough, but that seems a bit disrespectful to the late actor.
Thus, the franchise will keep the memory of Paul Walker, but living under the pressure that a central part of the success is gone. Making spin-offs will give the writers a lot more freedom to create new plotlines without worrying about consistency and having something hanging over their heads.
The Hobbs and Shaw side of the story could be the most interesting
As you probably know already, Dawyne “The Rock” Johnson is a huge action star and his latest film, Rampage, quickly reached the number one spot at the box office. Additionally, his action-comedy movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is Sony’s most lucrative project.
Meanwhile, Jason Statham is also a veteran of the action genre with the films Crank and Transporter. His latest work in The Meg had him facing a 70-foot shark. Consequently, these actors can handle anything that action movie writers come up with in the future.
Additionally, they will be working with David Leitch, whose previous work includes John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2, stating that the director is great at managing the facets of the modern action genre.
On a special side note, you might be interested to know that Leitch started his career as a stunt performer, so he knows the hard work that the crew has to perform and how to shoot the movements in the best possible way. His experience along with veteran actors will make the next film an instant hit.
Vin Diesel vs. Dwayne Johnson
Furthermore, a spin-off could be the perfect solution to an ongoing problem that worries producers. Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson have a feud going on, which affected the shooting for Fate of the Furious and obviously would change future movies starring both of them.
The Rock talked about the situation with Rolling Stone (via THR) in May, providing a better idea as to why they hated each other. Viewers noted that one scene in the movie featured both actors together for an essential part of the story.
However, the entire film had to be edited to accommodate both actors because they refused to work with each other, and the producers had to design a plan around that problem. In conclusion, they did not shoot a single scene at the same time, and Johnson confirmed it.
“That is correct. We were not in any scenes together. Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating.”
Their problems were revealed in 2016, when The Rock took to Instagram, talking about his displeasure with the actions of his fellow co-stars. He went so far as to call Diesel “unprofessional and a candyass” without actually mentioning his name.
“It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not.” After the Instagram post, the Dwayne opened up about his issue with Vin, but they are both moving on with their lives, now that they know their differences.
On another note, Johnson said that he might not star in the next installment of the Fast & Furious, mainly because he will be working with Jason and Leitch on a new story, which is set to premiere by the end of 2019.
"Right now I’m concentrating on making the [Fast and Furious' Hobbs and Shaw] spinoff as good as it can be. I wish [Diesel] all the best and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”
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