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