‘Fast & Furious’: Justin Lin steps down as director for upcoming ‘Fast X’ movie – National

Despite filming for the new Fast X movie being already underway, Justin Lin has announced he will no longer direct the latest instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise.

The announcement from Lin came Wednesday, mere days into the film’s production.

According to Deadline, Lin — who co-wrote Fast X with Dan Mazeau — is exiting the franchise due to “creative differences.”

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“With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X, while remaining with the project as a producer,” Lin wrote in the statement announcing his departure.

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“Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases. On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history.”

Fast X is the 10th instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Deadline reported production of the film will halt briefly as replacements for Lin are considered, with an announcement of the new director coming soon.

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Lin is much-beloved within the Fast & Furious franchise. He joined production as the director for the third film in the franchise, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He also directed the fourth (Fast & Furious), fifth (Fast Five), sixth (Fast and Furious 6) and ninth (F9: The Fast Saga) movies.

Altogether, Lin’s Fast & Furious films boasted US$1.9-billion at the global box office.

Many fans expressed their upset about Lin’s departure on social media, often expressing worries for the future of the franchise.

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Fast X is expected to be released May 19, 2023. As of now, this date is not expected to change.

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