Justin Lin is stepping down as ‘Fast X’ Director, and will remain as Producer 2022-04-26 17:15:00


except: While filming continues X fastDeadline Learn it Justin Lin to step down as director of the next batch of The Fast and the Furious Franchising a few days after the start of production.

Lynn co-wrote the film with Dan Mazo and will remain as producer. While the parting was amicable between the two parties, insiders say Lynn eventually decided to walk away from the franchise due to creative differences.

Lynn released a statement regarding his decision to leave the film:

“With the support of Universal, I made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X, while continuing the project as a producer. Over the course of 10 years and five films, we have been able to film the best actors, best stunts, and best damn car chases. Personally, as a child of Asian immigrants I am proud to help build the most diverse franchise in film history. I will be forever grateful to the amazing cast, crew, and studio for their support and for welcoming me into the FAST family.”

Production was just beginning for the tenth installment, and while the film will continue to shoot some footage for the second unit, insiders say production will be paused for a while while executives and producers look for a Lynn replacement. The sources added that a decision on his replacement should be taken at the earliest as talks are already underway with some of the candidates.

The film is dated May 19, 2023, and insiders add that they do not expect to move from that date at this time.

Lin was an engineer for The Fast and the Furious Franchise, joining the chain in its third installment on Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, eventually changing from a simple street racing action picture to a global event franchise. will continue to direct the fourth (The Fast and the Furious) , Fifth (fast five), VI (Fast and Furious 6) premiums. After turning it into a billion dollar franchise, Lin decided to take a break on the next two installments but came back for it F9, which became one of the biggest films of the post-pandemic era, grossing over $720 million worldwide. Altogether, his films in the franchise have grossed over $1.9 billion at the global box office.