Justin Lin Opts Out of Directing the Next 'Fast and Furious' Sequel
After directing the last four movies in the surprisingly long-running Fast and Furious franchise, starting with Tokyo Drift and finishing with Fast and Furious 6, Heat Vision reports Justin Lin has informed executives at Universal that he will not be returning for the seventh installment, which has been rumored to start shooting as early as this summer in order to meet a summer 2014 release window. Lin doesn't have any problems creatively with the studio, but he just doesn't feel like he can do his best work on the fasttracked timetable, especially since he would be prepping the shoot for Fast and Furious 7 while simultaneously finishing up post-production on his Fast and Furious 6 for release next month. Read on!
Heat Vision says that Lin is also just tired, and hopping right back into another summer blockbuster just doesn't tickle his fancy. Still, this is yet another example about how studios' agenda has no regard for a director's talents and desire to make sure a film is completed in a timely manner without sacrificing quality. Fox recently had a similar issue with director Rupert Wyatt who left Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, because he felt like his work was being rushed to meet the set release in 2014, and the same thing happened with The Hunger Games director Gary Ross doing the sequel. It's a rather infuriating trend, but in this case, it could be interesting to see what another director can do with Fast and Furious. Thoughts?