“Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin He announced that he would not be directing the franchise’s next installation, “Fast X,” which began filming last week. The director, who co-wrote the film’s script with Dan Mazo, will remain involved in the project as a producer.
Lin shared the news with a statement posted on social media, which read: “With the support of Universal, I’ve made the difficult decision to step down as Fast X director, while continuing with the project as a producer.”
“Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases,” the director’s statement continued. “On a personal note, 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 on “Fast X” began on April 20, with franchise stars Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Therese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Natalie Emmanuel, Song Kang and Charlize Theron returning. New cast members include Michael Rooker, Jason Momoa, Daniela Melchior and Brie Larson. At the end of the first week of filming Diesel Post a video on Instagram With Lynn, teasing that the movie sounded like “the beginning of an epic end.”
While promoting “F9”, Lin opened up diverse about direction of the planned tenth and eleventh installments of the franchise, saying he and Diesel began charting the road nearly a decade ago.
“I used to sit down and talk to Finn and Paul [Walker] — and I think it was just a rehearsal, and I never thought we’d be able to realize it — so it was a lot more in theory,” “Then when I came back, Finn pulled me aside and said, ‘We’re doing it.’ So, somehow I felt that F9 was about Celebrating 20 years on this journey, but also marking this final chapter that we’ve been talking about for years.”
Sources say production on the main unit has been paused for a while while Universal has closed an alternate director, while the second unit continues filming. “Fast X” is scheduled for a theatrical release on May 19, 2023.
Lin has directed five “Fast and Furious” films, beginning with 2006’s “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” His career in the high-octane film series continued with 2009’s “Fast & Furious” and 2011’s “Fast Five.” , and “Fast & Furious 6.” 2013. The director returned to lead the final sequel to 2011’s “F9,” which grossed over $700 million at the box office. Lane’s film series has grossed over $1.9 billion at the global box office.