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Justin Lin May Return to Direct Multi-Part 'Fast & Furious' Conclusion

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November 12, 2014
Source: Deadline

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Director Justin Lin decided to step away from the Fast & Furious franchise after reviving the action series, starting with Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift and wrapping up with Fast & Furious 6. The next installment, Furious 7, is directed by James Wan, however, since the filmmaker is now slated to return to horror with The Conjuring 2, which just set a 2016 release date, someone else will probably have to step up for the next sequel. The good news is that a report from Deadline says Universal is looking to begin talking with Lin about returning to the franchise for a multi-part production that will end the franchise. Read on!

Justin Lin is still slated to direct the sequel to The Bourne Legacy, but since Universal is focused on bringing another film focusing on Jason Bourne to the big screen in 2016 with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass reuniting for a third round, that means the Jeremy Renner led series is put on the backburner for now. That means Lin has plenty of time to saddle up for another piece of the Fast & Furious franchise. The plan would be to shoot multiple movies (Deadline doesn't say how many, but we would expect at least two, no more than three) at the same time.

Of course, it's still early days on this plan, and it's not clear if Universal can seal the deal. If Lin does decide to return, he would do so after he directs the firs two episodes of the next season of "True Detective" on HBO. Honestly, it only makes sense to have Lin close out the franchise, and doing it in a big mult-film conclusion sounds like the best way to go out. Furious 7 is undoubtedly going to be a huge hit (that teaser trailer is just awesome), and if Universal wants to keep Lin in the loop, this is the best way to do it. Stay tuned to see how this whole scenario shakes out. Do you want Justin Lin back to direct?

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  • Jon Odishaw
    How is it not appropriate to wrap it up with the seventh one? this seems excessive.
    • Chris Groves
      Yeah, in general, I feel that the 7th would be a find ending spot in light of Paul Walker's passing. I can't say I would hate the notion of a big, two-part conclusion to the series though. End it at an even 9...3 sets of 3. This franchise is about a lot more characters than just Paul Walker's. They could go with the original plan for the 6th and 7th films....and call film 8 'The Fast' and film 9 'The Furious'. But yeah, if it were my choice, let this 7th film be the finale. But if they MUST continue, then a 2-part production to bring it up to 9 films would be acceptable.
      • DAVIDPD
        Funny how this when from a joke after the first one, to one of the longest running franchises in history
        • Chris Groves
          Indeed, how often is a franchise described with phrases like "They didn't get really good until the 5th one." I thought the first was pretty good, and the 2nd was pretty bad, and the 3rd was just sort of okay. The 4th was a slight improvement...and then out of nowhere the 5th and 6th were just awesome. It really is incredible how they pulled the rebound. And they even did it in a way where, because they made the 'Han' character such a big piece of the franchise...Tokyo Drift now has a lot more value and is less of a 'side story' than it was before. And the 2nd now 'matters' a bit more as it introduces the characters played by Ludracris and Tyrese. By making the 5th, 6th, and 7th films bring back all of those characters, it legitimizes some of those lesser entries as being better parts of the franchise as a whole, which is pretty cool.
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  • DAVIDPD
    I wouldn't be mad at this.
  • Sky
    NEVER LET IT DIE, LET IT LIVE ON LIKE JAMES BOND. I think the movies are so vad they are funny, i go see them in theaters and laugh my ass off, when he jumped off the tank last movie and flew across the bridge and saves whats her name.... so funny.

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