Director Justin Lin Drops Out of ‘Fast & Furious 7’

The ‘Fast & Furious 6’ director parted ways with the lucrative franchise due to Universal's accelerated schedule.
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Director Justin Lin Drops Out of ‘Fast & Furious 7’

Justin Lin drops out of directing Fast & Furious 7Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin has pulled out of directing Fast & Furious 7. The issue at hand, appropriately enough, was speed, since Universal Pictures put Fast & Furious 7 on an exceedingly quick schedule, in hopes of getting it in theaters by the summer of 2014.

Last weekend, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that production on Fast & Furious 7 will begin this summer. If Justin Lin were to sign on under this accelerated schedule, he would have to start prepping Fast & Furious 7, while he is still in post-production on Fast & Furious 6. One insider claims that the filmmaker believed the rushed schedule would have resulted in a sub-par film.

Back in December 2011, we reported that both Fast & Furious 6 and Fast & Furious 7 were being written back-to-back by Chris Morgan. The initial plan was to shoot both movies back-to-back, but that was scrapped early on.

Universal Pictures is currently seeking a new director for Fast & Furious 7, with a decision expected to be made as early as next week. Justin Lin made four movies in the franchise (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6), which rose to new heights under his direction.

Furious 7 was released April 3rd, 2015.

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  • Titon • 2 years ago

    He made a good choice. The producers will wait for Lin, that's the only good move they have.

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    • cheetoboy • 2 years ago

      Uh oh, this could be a bad thing. It was Lin after all who made this franchise even better. I kind of starting to hope that Universal will just slow down a little bit and just wait until FF6 comes out first, if that does big or even bigger than what people are expecting then hopefully they can get Lin back, but man if he don't comeback they better replace him with a good action director.

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      • artkid04 • 2 years ago

        they could possibly hand the reigns over to David Twohy (Director of Riddick)

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        • artkid04 • 2 years ago

          @felipe-11 Oh, I remember now, so yah maybe not Cohen, and defiantly not the guy who directed the sequel, he went on to do Abduction with Taylor Lautner

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          • artkid04 • 2 years ago

            @pjwolsker i defiantly think you're right on the money there

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            • red-ruddy • 2 years ago

              NO

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              • pjwolsker • 2 years ago

                Haha Universal f*cked up

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                • fett2fresh • 2 years ago

                  @felipe-11 since FF1 was his best and has a relationship with the cast this could serve as his redemption

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                  • felipe-11 • 2 years ago

                    @artkid04@fett2fresh I couldn't agree less. Rob Cohen is a terrible director who's only decent film happened to be FF1. I mean did you happen to see the abortion of a Tyler Perry movie he directed?

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                    • vanboy • 2 years ago

                      No @narrator, it would have been smart is he dropped out three movies ago, when the "car scene" became a condiment instead if the main course.

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                      • narrator • 2 years ago

                        Smart move, Lin.

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                        • vanboy • 2 years ago

                          Hury, lock the doors! I think I saw Micheal Bay turning the corner!

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                          • ChiRep-1 • 2 years ago

                            Smart move.. He's a skilled action director it's time to move on to bigger and better things

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                            • artkid04 • 2 years ago

                              @fett2fresh I agree, seeing as the series is heading back to old territories it would be a terrific way to end the franchise!

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                              • wabburfat • 2 years ago

                                Justin Lin is good job

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                                • wabburfat • 2 years ago

                                  bad new

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                                  • dan1 • 2 years ago

                                    Good move by Lin.

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                                    • fett2fresh • 2 years ago

                                      they should bring back Rob Cohen from the first. End the series with the director that started it

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                                      • kguy • 2 years ago

                                        sad news... John Woo? *whines*

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                                        • TheObserver • 2 years ago

                                          FF was lucky enough to find Justin Lin to give it CPR, now I guess the studio will go COD on the franchise...or Madden or NHL..well u get the point .

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