Justin Lin Passes on Directing ‘Fast & Furious 7′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 8:03 am,

Justin Lin Directing Subdivision Justin Lin Passes on Directing Fast & Furious 7

We learned from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that Fast & Furious 6 and 7 would not shoot back-to-back well before the sixth installment had started production. However, it was only a few days ago when the franchise’s longtime star Vin Diesel announced that Universal wants to get the cameras rolling on Fast & Furious 7 this Summer – in order for the (final?) adrenaline-fueled racing/heist series installment to reach theaters a year later in 2014.

The natural assumption (at that time) was that Chris Morgan had written the Fast & Furious 7 script for Justin Lin to direct, given that both men have been working on the series for seven years – going back to Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006 – and “changing horses” is a bad idea at this juncture, considering the small amount of time Universal has set aside for pre-production.

Heat Vision is reporting that Lin has informed the studio that he won’t direct the seventh Fast and the Furious movie, on the basis that its “aggressively accelerated [production] timetable” won’t allow him the proper time to finish editing Fast & Furious 6 and complete pre-viz work on the followup – without having to rush both processes and be satisfied with sloppy results, that is.

This frees up Lin to pursue another project as his next directing effort. Indeed, for all we know right now, the possibilities might include the gestating Terminator 5 and Highlander reboot – both of which Lin was circling before moving onto Fast & Furious 6 (and currently need a director) – or the comedy Subdivision, which he is producing.

Meanwhile, Universal is expected to announce Lin’s replacement on Fast & Furious 7 as soon as next week, in order to keep things moving forward on schedule.

Justin Lin and Vin Diesel filming ‘Fast Five’

There have been similar instances of directors not bowing down to studio heads demanding they hurry a tentpole sequel down the assembly line in recent memory, including when Gary Ross passed on directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Rupert Wyatt skipped on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes due to those sequels’ overly-hurried production timeline. Heck, over-demanding producers and ill-prepared projects are rumored to be at the heart of what really prompted Lynne Ramsay to abandon ship so abruptly on Jane Got a Gun (and that was just a low-budget non-sequel).

Of course, you always have to remember that Hollywood is a well-oiled machine and, in this case, Universal has probably been working on a backup plan (based on the assumption that Lin would pass on Fast & Furious 7) for some time. It does seem like a shame that Lin won’t be allowed to properly complete the story he’s set in motion, but that, as they say, is showbiz for you…


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

We’ll keep you posted on Fast & Furious 7 as more information is released.

Source: THR

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  1. JJ Abrams!

    Just kidding… Fast isn’t scifi enough.

  2. I didn’t know that there was a Highlander reboot in the works.

  3. it could be if he takes over

  4. It’s a shame that Hollywood greed and rushing to make money is going to cause Lin to back out.
    The sad thing is, if part 6 is good then people will see part 7 anyway because they won’t know that the director passed on it, and the studio will still make their money.

  5. Well that sucks. Whoever they choose to direct F&F 7, I hope they stick with Lin had in mind for the finale.

  6. The action wont be the same. i vote les wiseman as f and f 7 director

  7. i thought Lin was suppose to direct Shogun Assassin (LoneWolf) next. im super stoked if he does do such a project.

  8. I like the Universal Co. and what it has produced. And I understand that Hollywood is Hollywood and that things must continue to move. But, you have to give the man time to sit back and let his movie play out. What he can alter (etc.) and how he can make the last installment the one that will make movie goers say, “wow! that was a good ending..I didn’t want to end..”.

  9. The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift- The film may have lacked recognizable characters or a lean action-suspense story under the hood but it delved back into the main calling trade of the series: street racing and the subculture that arisen from it. It explores a new faction in an exotic location relative to the series in which the subculture of racing is both familiar, despite international and ethnic/racial divisions, yet fresh and new i.e drifting. The story revolves a self-imposed outcast who finds a “family” that replaces his own dysfunctional relationships initially and in the end repairs them and makes our hero whole which ties in nicely with the story. 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

    Fast and Furious- The film that returned some of the original cast members in what may be viewed as the first real, direct sequel to the first film. However in my opinion I feel this is the weakest of all the films. While the film had its characters and a premise that initially sounds exciting (new model…original parts), the execution lacked several elements that made other films in the franchise despite their own weakness be entertaining. The film relied on cliches and revenge story that gets no proper execution. The racing subject matter and the love of cars I felt were tacked on to an already familiar story done before in other better films. The film relied on sheer nostalgia rather than truly examining the relationships of the characters. While none of the films are true character studies, the characters and the theme of family is an important identifiable quality of these films. Some of the story set ups seem like an alternative homage (copy) of the first film. 2 stars out of five stars

    Fast Five: This is the film that the fourth film should have been. The film develops transitions the series into a broader perspective while simultaneously honoring all the ingredients that made the series successful. The film replaces the undercover cop story/growing of age storyline the usually serves as the rails for the car element of the story with that of a heist film. The heist aspect is handled differently but was always present in these films in a lesser capacity since the first film. While setting up a broader depiction of the continuing tales of the band of outcasts the car subculture is very much within the template of the story and does not feel tacked on to meet the requirement of the franchise. The character bonding is there, the fun was there, the car action was there. The film revives the series in a great way. 4 stars out five stars.

    Hopefully Fast and Furious 6 is much aligned with Lin’s work on Tokyo Drift and Fast Five rather than Fast and Furious. If that turns out to be the case, along with rumors of what Fast and Furious 7 may be about (Statham!) losing the director <> to tie up the story to their respective beginnings such as serving the conclusion to the story set up in Fast Five and leading to Tokyo Drift, may be a real huge loss. Especially given that the director provided more better work than bad.

    Damn studio meddling.

  10. I hope he stays as Executive Producer or something…

  11. Bad idea

    • Its a bad idea, but unless they get Rob Cohen (director of the first fast and furious film) to direct the seventh installment, then everything will be fine or even better!

  12. Suuure, what could possibly go wrong?

  13. The odds of part 7 being good don’t sound too high. I wonder who they’ll get to direct?

  14. These movies need time in order to be worthwhile. These companies are greedy and looking for ways to fish money out of our wallets.

    Not surprised though.

  15. This is so MORONIC, if they were in such a rush, why didn’t they just film back-to-back?

  16. I’ve always wanted this guy to direct an expendables movie

  17. Seriously damn the studio. Lin is a great director. I was hoping he would just finish the finale. This is wrong. I swear if F7 gets a score under 75 on rotten tomatoes then I won’t watch it. I literally will go on wikipedia and spoil the film to myself. Justin Lin has got to return to finish the franchise. He has got to.

  18. IMO all of them sucked except 1 and 3.Everything else is garbage,This used to be a series for the car enthusiasts,not for action packed bull****.Dont get me wrong I love action,but mindless car destroying is not my thing,It should be about the art of driving and tuning your whip,competing amongst others.aka villains.This movie series has replaced oceans eleven as a heist film which FF never was.Its was a backstory thats it.I think im the only one thats happy Lin is gone even tho Tokyo was good because they understood the culture of drifting.Despit there being some pointless drifting chase scene.My point…..make a movie for the true automotive enthusiast NOT some cliche heist/mindnumbing explosions/My girl died/Gf is back/repeat.But that wont happen because in america the smart minorities lose to the dumb majority.

  19. GET Rob Cohen! DIRECTOR of the first Fast and Furious film!

  20. I think justin lin should direct fast 7. Universal should give him the time he needs and release the movie in 2015 and let 7 be last one. If lin chooses not to direct 7 I hope he stays on as a producer.

  21. I would love to see the next movie and that is all because it’s about putting a good film together.

  22. How can I get on this movie?

  23. Are you kidding me? Please stop with these action packed heist movies! It doesnt even feel like a fast and furious movie anymore. They dont even show any cars anymore. In fast 6 they drove government black cars, and fast 5, just nothing but dodge chargers. What happened to the tuner cars? The Honda’s the Nissan’s the toyota’s, with some muscles cars with it. Its not like that anymore. Fast and Furious 4 I noticed that they were starting to change into action packed crap. There was no fast and furious in 5 and 6. Pure garbage.

    The movie 1-3 were good and they stuck to their unique street racing story which why people watched them! FF 4 started to trail off, and 5 and 6…lol wtf am I watching? There was barely any cars in that movie, as much as any other action movie out there. Fast 6, there was like…one street race. ONE. And that was like a minute long with no actual unique cars. Setting it in london was pointless. I thought they were gonna introduce the street racing world of the uk but nope. Punches and kicks and chases cars blowing up but the cars are just some factory tuned government cars most of the time.