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Director Justin Lin hits the brakes on directing Fast and Furious 7

Apr. 4, 2013by: Paul Shirey

After four consecutive films in THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise, director Justin Lin is pumping the brakes on directing the seventh film, which Universal originally intended to be shot back-to-back with this summer's FAST AND FURIOUS 6. The studio wanted the seventh entry in the series to be ready by next year, but apparently that was too soon for Lin, who has worked on the franchise exclusively since 2006's FAST AND FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT.

Heat Vision states that Lin was feeling the pressure of jumping back behind the wheel again so soon, while still working on the sixth film:

Lin would have had to begin prepping for the movie while still working in post-production on Fast 6. The filmmaker is said to have felt the rush would not result in his best work.

In addition, sources state that Lin was feeling "franchise exhaustion," which is completely understandable. Lin has grown tremendously since his 2002 debut BETTER LUCK TOMORROW and seems poised to take on some new material. As an action director, Lin has really come into his own, with FAST FIVE being the best straight action film of 2011 and this summer's FAST AND FURIOUS 6 looking to be a serious contender for that mantle.

Lin has not set up a new project yet, but I expect he'll find something rather quickly as he wraps up post on FAST AND FURIOUS 6. Personally, I'm happy to see him move on, taking his considerable skill to new projects. He's earned it. Universal is said to be on the hunt for a new director to take the reins, with an announcement to come as soon as next week.

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 hits theaters on May 24, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: What would you like to see Lin tackle next?
Source: Heat Vision

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2:10PM on 04/04/2013

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I don't know who could do as good a job :S
I don't know who could do as good a job :S
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2:48PM on 04/04/2013
This is understandable, like you said. I wouldn't mind him doing a martial arts film but with more gritty fight scenes like the one with the Rock and Diesel.
This is understandable, like you said. I wouldn't mind him doing a martial arts film but with more gritty fight scenes like the one with the Rock and Diesel.
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3:13PM on 04/04/2013
Sounds like a fair move that Lin has certainly earned the right to make. Not really sure what I'd like to see him tackle next. The guy has done such a great job with the gritty straight action film, maybe something else in this genre, but also a good distance from Fast and Furious material.
I'm also interested to see who will be the replacement...some pretty big shoes to fill.
Sounds like a fair move that Lin has certainly earned the right to make. Not really sure what I'd like to see him tackle next. The guy has done such a great job with the gritty straight action film, maybe something else in this genre, but also a good distance from Fast and Furious material.
I'm also interested to see who will be the replacement...some pretty big shoes to fill.
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3:27PM on 04/04/2013
I say slam on the breaks and hold them down. One thing you gotta worry about as a director is studios getting over eager with movies being pushed out a constant rate. Sure it makes money but it drags the quality right down the toilet while straining all those involved. Just look at the movies released in October at halloween if you need proof on that. All those started great with a single movie but after a while the studios over crank them out and as a result the quality level plummets with
I say slam on the breaks and hold them down. One thing you gotta worry about as a director is studios getting over eager with movies being pushed out a constant rate. Sure it makes money but it drags the quality right down the toilet while straining all those involved. Just look at the movies released in October at halloween if you need proof on that. All those started great with a single movie but after a while the studios over crank them out and as a result the quality level plummets with each movie. FF need not be like that and if the studios get their way that exactly how it will be. Besides they are over pushing it as it is right now.
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4:17PM on 04/04/2013
I agree Universal should just give him a little time if thats what he wants. Ever since reading the article about Universal being desperate for franchises it seems like they just keep making mistake after mistake. The new Riddick film in September? Do you want it to flop?
I agree Universal should just give him a little time if thats what he wants. Ever since reading the article about Universal being desperate for franchises it seems like they just keep making mistake after mistake. The new Riddick film in September? Do you want it to flop?
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5:43PM on 04/04/2013
Finally someone who think the same as me that filming back to back is really rushing the movie! I know you can capitalize more by filming back to back. But yeah, just direct one movie at a time and give the audiences a high quality movie.
Finally someone who think the same as me that filming back to back is really rushing the movie! I know you can capitalize more by filming back to back. But yeah, just direct one movie at a time and give the audiences a high quality movie.
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5:53PM on 04/04/2013
Maybe he'll go back to the Terminator sequel (if Arnold's recent box office performance hasn't killed the project).
Maybe he'll go back to the Terminator sequel (if Arnold's recent box office performance hasn't killed the project).
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6:06PM on 04/04/2013

Dang...

I really liked fast five and fast six look awesome! So naturally I'm sad to see him go. But hopefully he's leaving to make a great movie! Hopefully terminator 5!
I really liked fast five and fast six look awesome! So naturally I'm sad to see him go. But hopefully he's leaving to make a great movie! Hopefully terminator 5!
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7:10PM on 04/04/2013
David Ayer would be such a great choice especially since they're taking the next installment back to Los Angeles. Can't wait for 6!
David Ayer would be such a great choice especially since they're taking the next installment back to Los Angeles. Can't wait for 6!
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8:04PM on 04/04/2013
Understandable since Lin has been "married" to Fast and Furious since 2006. He's single-handedly kept the series fresh and relevant, which is a daunting task for anyone. I would like to see take on a Hong Kong style action flick i.e. a "heroic bloodshed" shoot-em-up.
Understandable since Lin has been "married" to Fast and Furious since 2006. He's single-handedly kept the series fresh and relevant, which is a daunting task for anyone. I would like to see take on a Hong Kong style action flick i.e. a "heroic bloodshed" shoot-em-up.
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10:30PM on 04/04/2013
This guy is something of a hero for bringing a franchise from near-death to the full-tilt life that was Fast 5 (through Tokyo Drift and Fast 4). I think he got the short shrift after being attached to Terminator 5 and then Arnold's personal troubles booted him off the project.
This guy is something of a hero for bringing a franchise from near-death to the full-tilt life that was Fast 5 (through Tokyo Drift and Fast 4). I think he got the short shrift after being attached to Terminator 5 and then Arnold's personal troubles booted him off the project.
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1:59AM on 04/06/2013
Is Spy Hunter still in development hell? Lin seems like a perfect choice for it.
If he wants to stretch to other genres I wouldn't mind him tackling the Highlander remake.
Is Spy Hunter still in development hell? Lin seems like a perfect choice for it.
If he wants to stretch to other genres I wouldn't mind him tackling the Highlander remake.
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