Update: Justin Lin Exited Fast X After Disagreement with Vin Diesel, Louis Leterrier to Replace the Director
UPDATE: Reports have come in stating that director Justin Lin departed the upcoming entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise after a disagreement with star and producer, Vin Diesel. The Hollywood Reporter stated that the departure came after Lin and Diesel had clashed after the film saw multiple re-writes and compromises.
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. THR’s report further notes that before Lin left the project, Lin had what he thought would be a finished script for Fast X. A scene had to be scrapped due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the film has also yet to cast one of its main villains.
The report also states that Universal sent Lin’s script to another writer to have the dialogue refined which did not sit well with Lin. It seems like it all came to a head on April 23rd, when a meeting took place and Diesel presented notes that would cause further delays in production while also causing Lin to change the direction of the film. According to reports, the meeting ended with Lin leaving the meeting while slamming the door behind him.
It seems as though the constant meddling of the studio and Diesel played a big role in his departure from the film. Diesel is also said to have complete control of what makes the cut in any of the F&F films. With Dwayne Johnson previously exiting the franchise and now Lin on his way out. It seems like the “family” might be in some trouble.
Louis Leterrier has been tapped to replace Lin as director of Fast X. Leterrier is known for helming The Incredible Hulk as well as Transporter, and Transporter 2. Read the original article below:
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