Justin Lin quits directing ‘Fast X’
After Vin Diesel and producer Neil H. Moritz, there’s probably no one who deserves more credit for the massive success of the fast furious franchise than director Justin Lin. He took over the franchise when it was at its lowest, to Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, when almost all of the original cast and creators had leaked and the series was on the verge of going direct-to-video property. Lin turned this movie into a surprise hit, and when the original Fast the cast returned, Lin continued as director – through fast furious, Fast Fiveand Fast & Furious 6. He helped transform the series from an original street racer action-thriller series into an epic spymaster action franchise. His high-energy directing style has become a hallmark of the series.
Lin left the franchise to pursue other opportunities and Furious 7 and The fate of the furious were directed by James Wan and F. Gary Gray, respectively. But Lin came back for F9: the fast saga and was supposed to stick around for the next two-part finale, officially titled X fast. Diesel announced that the film was officially in production under this name just a week ago, but the film is already undergoing major shake-ups, with Lin announcing on the official website. fast furious Twitter account that he decided to give up directing the film. (He says he will always remain as the film’s producer.)
“In 10 years and five movies,” Lin wrote, “we’ve been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best car chases. On a personal note, as a child of Asian immigrants, I’m proud for helping to build the most diverse franchise in cinematic history. I will forever be grateful to the incredible cast, crew, and studio for their support.
Lin gave no reason to drop the film beyond calling it a “tough decision,” but Deadline quotes “insiders” who claim that “Lin ultimately decided to walk away from the franchise due to creative differences”. The film will now take a “brief break” in production to find a replacement. Presumably, they’ll have to make a decision…quickly. (Sorry.)
x fast is set to open in theaters on May 19, 2023. We’ll see if that’s affected by this sudden change in directors.