Justin Lin, the filmmaker who revitalized Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious franches, may be coming back for a multi-part finale. Little is known about the story being set up, but Deadline reveals that it will be an unspecified number of sequels shot back-to-back, which will bring this popular action series to its conclusion.
After making The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and last year's Fast & Furious 6, Justin Lin bowed out from making next year's Furious 7, due to an accelerated production schedule. James Wan came on board shortly thereafter, but several things have transpired that could lead to Justin Lin's return.
We reported last month that James Wan is returning to direct the Warner Bros. horror sequel The Conjuring 2, which is already set for release on June 10, 2016. While that project will keep James Wan unavailable for the forseeable future, Justin Lin suddenly has an opening in his schedule as well. He was set to direct Universal's The Bourne Legacy sequel starring Jeremy Renner, which was initially set for a 2016 release, but now the studio is focusing their efforts on Bourne 5, which reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass.
No screenwriter has been attached, and it isn't clear if franchise mainstay Chris Morgan will be available to write the scripts for these final Fast & Furious movies, since he is currently working on Universal's shared monster movie universe with Alex Kurtzman. It isn't known when Universal may get production started on the finale, but if Justin Lin does come on board, it will have to be after he wraps shooting the first two episodes of True Detective's second season.