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Justin Lin Confirmed for 'Fast Six', Talked 'Terminator' with Cameron

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August 11, 2011
Source: The Playlist

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A couple of updates from rising director Justin Lin, responsible for Universal's highest grossing film of the year, Fast Five. Since the immense success and critical praise of that film, Lin has been offered numerous Hollywood projects, including most importantly a re-revival of the Terminator franchise with Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Terminator is something I've been having a lot of fun with," Lin recently told The Playlist, along with a few more updates. But before he gets to that, he's confirmed to return for Fast Six, or Fast & Furious 6, as Universal has already scheduled the sequel for the summer of 2013 after it did well this year.

Lin confirmed a few details and spoke with Playlist about his career progression. "It's been great after Fast Five," he said. "I feel very honored to be included, and I've talked to a lot of different studios, and they're some amazing franchises that I love... I've had to kind of walk away from a lot of stuff," including even Die Hard 5, which John Moore is now lined up to direct instead. THR is also reporting that Lin has passed on the Highlander remake, leaving that unwanted project, still in the works at Summit, without a director for the moment. He goes on to explain why he decided to pass on Die Hard and how he's now more selective:

"For many of the projects, I feel very privileged, but I just know it wasn't the right situation. And the first ‘Die Hard' changed me as a kid when I watched it. But ‘Die Hard 5' is just not something that I'm going to do, or I'm interested in."

Sounds like a good idea, leave that franchise alone, let someone else mess it up. Instead, he wants to build franchises from the ground up. While that's hard to do on something like Terminator given we're already four films in, and the last one wasn't very good, I'm not sure what he's going to do. And neither does he, apparently. "I don't know where it's going to lead, but I never thought at this level I'm going to be able to meet filmmakers and be in situations where they're that gracious and insightful and so inclusive." Here's what he's referencing: "Just even this week, I had a great meeting with Arnold and James Cameron, just sitting down unofficially," he reveals. "And James is so gracious because he's not part of the project, he's not going to be producing, but it was great of him just as a filmmaker to take time out to just talk." Lin adds:

"That's a franchise that I'm working on right now, but again, if I'm going to be kind of the gatekeeper to it, I want to make sure that I can hopefully build it up the right way – and so far that's been the most fun. Just to be able to [pick] James Cameron's brain and for him to be so open even though he has no stakes in it, just as a human being, that's something that I will always remember as a part of my journey as a filmmaker."

As of the news first hitting back in April, I wasn't sure how soon we'd even see another Terminator movie anyway. But with the Schwarzenegger debacle and Lin's success with Fast Five, I'm guessing things have changed considerably, and everything might be accelerating. For now though, Lin is sticking with the Fast & Furious franchise, and has to stay focused on that as it needs to be ready by May 2013. I'm very curious to see what Lin can do outside of this franchise, as he's been stuck racing cars for the last 6 years (besides a few episodes of "Community"), but I'd like to see his take on Terminator, especially after consulting Cameron and Schwarzenegger. This should be interesting. We'll continue to keep you updated on all of his projects.

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  • Lebowski
    Go Justin, I say. He makes big, stupid, fun movies, and he deserves the success. Just from Tokyo Drift, you could tell he has a proper eye for action cinema. Good looking out on Die Hard as well, that dead horse is as beat as it's going to get. 1 and 3 were perfect movies anyway, why try to compete with greatness?
  • Rooneyman
    Not that I want to down Lin's success but Didn't McG talked to Cameron too?  I hope he is successful with the new Terminator, It shouldn't be hard considering the Last two being the competition. I gotta say tho, with him working with the Rock on these new fast Five and 6 movies, I would love for the Rock to show up as a terminator. Might be a different turn From arnold.
  • Kristina
    Woooo! Freakin’ fantastic, can’t wait for Fast and Furious 6! Fast Five was absolutely breathtaking!Oh, God, the only thing that’s going through my head to describe that movie, it’s like sex with an orgasm at the end of it! Whereas the first four movies were like you have sex but you never get the orgasm. A lot of stopping and starting but… oh, I wish I hadn’t said that.
  • Reigert
    I hope that they only make Fast And Furious 6 and Terminator 5 if the scripts are good and they hopefully conclude each series. When they announced that Helena Bonham Carter was playing the main villain in Terminator: Salvation, I was expecting her to be the Skynet equivalent of the Borg Queen from Star Trek. I was so disappointed in the end when I saw the film and it was a wasted opportunity to have a really iconic and memorable villain in the franchise. They should have had a confrontation between her, Christian Bale and Sam Worthington towards the end like with Picard, Data and the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact’s climax.
  • http://www.fuckoff.com Jimmy Love
    Isn't Arnold busy with like whores? and illegitimate children? With the exception of the first Arnold has been the problem with the terminator movies.
  • Steven
    If you wish to see how John Connor could have been played in Salvation, I suggest watching Noah Wyle in Falling Skies.  He got the part of a John Connor growing into a freedom fighter down perfectly.  Terminator, if re-booted, should go from after T2, so T3 and T4 didn't happen, that or from the very start.  Though even Cameron messed up, as I still can't figure how liquid metal goes through time....
  • Desispeed
    wait when was it announced that Cameron was producing T5?
    • Steven
      It didn't, you should read the article first...

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