Before getting behind the driver’s seat of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – the franchise’s third installment – director Justin Lin was best known for the 2002 crime drama Better Luck Tomorrow. However, since the runaway success of Fast Five last year, the filmmaker’s career has skyrocketed.
Lin has been previously linked to numerous projects, including the Highlander remake and the currently-in-limbo Terminator 5, but has chosen instead to remain faithful to the franchise that jump-started his career. With Fast & Furious 6 now in production and a seventh entry planned, it looks like Lin may shift gears for his follow-up project.
According to Variety, Lin is attached to produce (and potentially direct) Universal’s sci-fi comedy Subdivision. Details about the film’s plot have yet to be revealed. Its script was written by Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles, the former of whom co-wrote the 2010 indie horror comedy Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. The duo also has a sci-fi film entitled Hyperdrive in development over at Paramount Pictures.
While Lin has yet to helm a feature-length comedy, he has directed three episodes of Community and has production experience in the genre as well. Add to that the fact that the sci-fi element of Subdivision may or may not involve action sequences, which we know Lin is more than equipped to handle with ease.
Granted, at this point, anything is possible. It’s far too soon to make a judgment call regarding the nature of Subdivision (and whether or not Lin is a good fit). However, given his confidence behind the camera, there’s a good chance that the film will make for an interesting viewing experience. At the very least, it has to be better than this year’s high profile sci-fi comedy The Watch, which crashed and burned both financially and critically (read our review).
Do you want to see Lin mix it up and tackle a comedy? Or would you prefer he stay firmly in the world of high-speed action? Let us know in the comments.
Check back here for further information on Subdivision as it becomes available.