Justin Lin Talks ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Departure; Approves of New Director James Wan

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Justin Lin on Set of Fast Five Justin Lin Talks ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Departure; Approves of New Director James Wan

With two $70 million+ opening weekends to his name, courtesy of the Fast and Furious franchise, it came as a bit of a shock when director Justin Lin opted to call it quits and pass on directing the seventh installment. Back then, Lin blamed his exit on an “an aggressively accelerated timetable” that would have forced him to get working on Fast and Furious 7 while still finishing up Fast and Furious 6; however, while talking to Lin during a Google+ Hangout in honor of part six’s release, Lin insinuated that this latest installment was the apex of something all along.

Said Lin: “If you watch Fast and Furious 6, you do see that it’s a culmination of something and I think it’s the end of a chapter.” He added, “It’s something that I felt like in ’05 when I pitched it, some people might have thought I was crazy. In my wildest dreams I wanted to achieve that, and now that we have, I feel like it’s time to walk away.”

When you see Fast and Furious 6, you’ll understand why folks might have looked at Lin like he had two heads for suggesting they attempt some of the feats this film actually manages to pull off. And while I’m sure Lin would be capable of going even bigger for round seven, he does make a good case for moving on:

I feel like I’ve done everything that I wanted to do.  And I understand.  I mean, to walk away from everybody is a tough thing, but I think it’s the right thing to do.  You know, as a filmmaker I’ve been developing a lot of other things in the last eight years and it’s time for me to keep growing and try new things, you know?  So, it’s just time.

fast furious 6 trailer Justin Lin Talks ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Departure; Approves of New Director James Wan

Lin also pointed out that it’s highly unusual for a filmmaker to have the opportunity to step away from a franchise at its height, let alone hand it off to another capable filmmaker. A couple of weeks ago the official announcement dropped; James Wan is the man directing Fast & Furious 7 - an unusual choice, given Wan’s resume is loaded with intimate horror films (SawInsidious, The Conjuring).

Lin admitted that he was so emotional about moving on that he didn’t even want to be part of the selection process, but noted that the news about Wan’s selection did make him “very happy.” He explained, “He comes from indie roots and he’s a filmmaker that has a point of view.  And I can’t wait to see what he’s gonna be doing with this franchise.”

James Wan on the Set of Insidious Justin Lin Talks ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Departure; Approves of New Director James Wan

As much as I’d love to see Wan turn The Conjuring into a Warren Files franchise and make more Insidious films – which he very well could – there’s an inherent curiosity and intrigue that comes with him moving into the Fast and Furious realm. Minus the fact that the scope of the Saw franchise eventually spun out of control, Wan has been particularly successful telling big stories that still feel very intimate and grounded – qualities that don’t necessarily apply to the Fast and Furious films, and somewhat appropriately so. Considering Wan’s body of work, it’s really impossible to picture Fast and Furious 7 going bigger than the sixth – and also because the sixth film features some of the franchise’s most extensive action sequences.

Without spoiling anything, a short scene does play during the Fast 6 credits and will confirm or deny those recent rumors that sprang up courtesy of Michelle Rodriguez. The short snippet reveals the trajectory of the franchise’s narrative, so soon it’ll just be a question of how Wan will handle it. Will it be more tanks, plane crashes, a flying Vin Diesel, or will we get something that adheres to Wan’s style, something that earns its thrills by leaning more so on story than visuals.

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Fast & Furious 6 opens in regular and select IMAX theaters on May 24, 2013.

Fast & Furious 7 arrives in theaters on July 11, 2014.

Keep an eye out for our full coverage of the Fast & Furious 6 Google+ Hangout coming later this week.

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  1. Is this the only franchise that’s improved with each instalment? I can’t believe how big this series has become. I’ve only recently watched them and was very suprised at how much I enjoyed them :)

    • It regressed quite a bit with 2Fast, but it got way better with Tokyo Drift and beyond.

  2. What’d he say…

    “Here its your problem now!” ?

    lol…

    “Your good with scary movies heres one that doesn’t matter how it turns out they’ll still continue it…”

    Whatever i like his horror films.

  3. It doesn’t matter who directs Fast 7, that movie already has a plot based around the end-credits sequence. Fast 7 needs to be the last film; there seriously can’t be much else they can do with these characters, and with more films they’re eventually gonna ruin what they achieved with the fourth film. The next two films can do something that most franchises haven’t done: for one thing, most franchises don’t last 7 films, and after making two bad films in a row, they reinvented the franchise and produced two, possibly three, great sequels, which is rare. Please let it end on a good note with Fast 7.

  4. Having seen the film, I was very well entertained and had a giant grin from start to finish while my ribs hurt from laughter. I am exaggerating but I reallt enjoyed the film.

    The film however does feel like the last chapter and conclusion of sorts besides an obvious scene that ties the series together while showing the future – at least as the seventh installment go. Fast five feels more of stand-alone as this film makes deep connections to other installments while delivering its own story.

    I believe Lin definitely improved in scale and directing action in general as the series continue. Seeing how the first film in the series may end up being the foubdation of seven it would have been proper for him to see it off. I totally understand his reasons and maybe his own desire to see the filn become more intimate and grounded as he initially began with Tokyo Drift. Lin has managed to provide some nice intimate scenes while increasing the action. I would want him to return and not sure of the new director but with the premise its hard not to be excited.

  5. Wan may be out of his comfort zone but Lin also was when he first directed Tokyo Drift. Arguably although I enjoyed Tokyo Drift and did not particularly cared for Fast and Furious, it took three times for Lin to deliver a film that is mostly seen as popular by regular movie goers, critics and fans of the series. I am sure Furious six would also be popular.

    Wan really has the challenge of at least maintaining momentum and create a cool film. It will be interesting what route they all go for The Fast and Furious 7

  6. All I can say is, the second they go back to little rice burners, I’m going to stop watching it. But for right now when they actually have some REAL cars that actually go fast, it’s good in my opinion. :-)

    • LOL. They’ve been using “little rice burners” in all the movies sir. At least if you’re going to use stereo types, get your facts straight…you know the GTR’s that walker uses in the films, the supra are all considered “little rice burners” because they aren’t muscle sir. Thanks.

  7. Whatever they do, just please bring Gisele back so Han will be happy. :DD

    • You seem to have seen the movie by saying to bring Gisele back, so if you did, read the following, otherwise don’t:

      [SPOILER ALERT!!!]

      You do understand that Han is dead after this movie as he goes to Tokyo and gets killed?

    • gisele died…and so did han…tokyo drift happens after fast 6…and that makes the movie evn more cool…han was the best!

  8. “Minus the fact that the scope of the Saw franchise eventually spun out of control…”

    Saw sprawled out of control without any help from Wan. Neither he nor Whannell were involved with 5-7.

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  10. I want to know if its true justin beiber is taking place of paul walker in the movie fast and the furious 7 …. that’s just gonna kill the mzovie and everyone’s hard work for this movie y not make ihis death in the movie as I’d he did die there not add justin

  11. Very nice
    I like it

  12. good evening,
    the scenarios of Mr. Lin are unexplainable to detail but to say that its drift of Tokyo made of individual not worried of rapid, Flax delivers a film which gives desire for seeing not stop constantly:
    c' is really pro Flax: I see myself in your cast

  13. Mr. Lin
    J would like to explain you a history, for you to turn it in scenario, while knowing that you can give me a chance to launch me in one of your films.

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