Fast X Director Justin Lin Steps Down, Studio Pauses Production to Find Replacement
Universal Pictures has announced that the director of the Fast and the Furious franchise, Justin Lin will no longer be directing the upcoming Fast X film. Production has currently halted while the studio looks to find a replacement director.
Deadline reported that the director who directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and F9 was set to direct Fast X and Fast & Furious 11. The film, which already started its production halted after Lin stepped down over creative differences but will remain attached to the film as a producer.
Lin said in a statement:
“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.” While Lin didn’t elaborate on his decision to step down, he thanked the actors and stunt team, and added “On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history.”
Production on Fast X has just begun but replacing a director is a big task and will cause a brief pause in production to find a suitable replacement. The studio is reportedly already in talks with possible replacements with an announcement to come from the studio in the future. Lin is credited with directing the fan-favorite entries in the franchise and also transformed the series from its early roots to the blockbuster franchise it is today.
Jason Momoa and Brie Larson are attached to the film as newcomers to an already impressive cast that includes returning cast members Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Charlize Theron, and Sung Kang. It is unclear who is in line to possibly replace Lin at this time.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Source: Universal Pictures