Director Justin Lin Drops Out of 'Fast & Furious 7'

The 'Fast & Furious 6' director parted ways with the lucrative franchise due to Universal's accelerated schedule.
Justin Lin drops out of directing Fast & Furious 7
Justin Lin drops out of directing Fast & Furious 7
Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin has pulled out of directing Fast & Furious 7. The issue at hand, appropriately enough, was speed, since Universal Pictures put Fast & Furious 7 on an exceedingly quick schedule, in hopes of getting it in theaters by the summer of 2014.

Last weekend, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that production on Fast & Furious 7 will begin this summer. If Justin Lin were to sign on under this accelerated schedule, he would have to start prepping Fast & Furious 7, while he is still in post-production on Fast & Furious 6. One insider claims that the filmmaker believed the rushed schedule would have resulted in a sub-par film.

Back in December 2011, we reported that both Fast & Furious 6 and Fast & Furious 7 were being written back-to-back by Chris Morgan. The initial plan was to shoot both movies back-to-back, but that was scrapped early on.

Universal Pictures is currently seeking a new director for Fast & Furious 7, with a decision expected to be made as early as next week. Justin Lin made four movies in the franchise (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6), which rose to new heights under his direction.

Fast & Furious 7 comes to theaters April 10th, 2015 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Kurt Russell, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black. The film is directed by James Wan.

Sources: Heat Vision Blog

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Comments (27)

  1. Titon

    He made a good choice. The producers will wait for Lin, that's the only good move they have.

    1 year agoby @TitonFlag

  2. Cheetoboy

    Uh oh, this could be a bad thing. It was Lin after all who made this franchise even better. I kind of starting to hope that Universal will just slow down a little bit and just wait until FF6 comes out first, if that does big or even bigger than what people are expecting then hopefully they can get Lin back, but man if he don't comeback they better replace him with a good action director.

    1 year agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  3. artkid04

    they could possibly hand the reigns over to David Twohy (Director of Riddick)

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  4. artkid04

    @felipe-11 Oh, I remember now, so yah maybe not Cohen, and defiantly not the guy who directed the sequel, he went on to do Abduction with Taylor Lautner

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  5. artkid04

    @pjwolsker i defiantly think you're right on the money there

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  6. Pjwolsker

    Haha Universal f*cked up

    1 year agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  7. fett2fresh

    @felipe-11 since FF1 was his best and has a relationship with the cast this could serve as his redemption

    1 year agoby @fett2freshFlag

  8. Replicant

    @artkid04@fett2fresh I couldn't agree less. Rob Cohen is a terrible director who's only decent film happened to be FF1. I mean did you happen to see the abortion of a Tyler Perry movie he directed?

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  9. Vanboy

    No @narrator, it would have been smart is he dropped out three movies ago, when the "car scene" became a condiment instead if the main course.

    1 year agoby @vanboyFlag

  10. the Narrator

    Smart move, Lin.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  11. Vanboy

    Hury, lock the doors! I think I saw Micheal Bay turning the corner!

    1 year agoby @vanboyFlag

  12. ChiRep_1

    Smart move.. He's a skilled action director it's time to move on to bigger and better things

    1 year agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  13. artkid04

    @fett2fresh I agree, seeing as the series is heading back to old territories it would be a terrific way to end the franchise!

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  14. Waseem Abbas Burfat

    Justin Lin is good job

    1 year agoby @wabburfatFlag

  15. Dan

    Good move by Lin.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  16. fett2fresh

    they should bring back Rob Cohen from the first. End the series with the director that started it

    1 year agoby @fett2freshFlag

  17. K.Guy

    sad news... John Woo? *whines*

    1 year agoby @kguyFlag

  18. TheObserver

    FF was lucky enough to find Justin Lin to give it CPR, now I guess the studio will go COD on the franchise...or Madden or NHL..well u get the point .

    1 year agoby @TheObserverFlag

  19. Dark enV

    Universal needs to work with Lin on this, quit trying to get the film worked on so fast, if they would've thought ahead they should've shot 6 and 7 at the same time instead of trying to get production started on 7 before 6 is even in theaters.

    1 year agoby @dark-envFlag

  20. Mka47

    smart man

    1 year agoby @mka47Flag

  21. TheDude1

    He made the correct choice. Rushing another movie so it can be released next year is a horrible idea. Why can't the studio just be patient and wait until 2015 for part 7?

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  22. Replicant

    I hope they'll come to their good senses and delay FF7 a little bit.

    I mean seriously, this guy brought the franchise back to life and now they're so anxious that they can't even give him a bit more time between films?

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  23. RocknRolla

    Universal is stupid. These movies are fun to watch & have been, even more so, under Lin's direction. There's no reason that this needs to be rushed into production when the new one isn't even out yet. Let the man, as well as the cast, take a friggin breather before jumping into the next installment. It's not like people are going to forget about the movies or that they're going to lose interest if you decide to put 2 or 3 years between films.

    1 year agoby @rocknrollaFlag

  24. The_Crow2k

    These damn studios and their stupid decisions...he did a great job with this series, give him the time he needs and expect a great product instead of settling for a mediocre one.

    1 year agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  25. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Wouldn't want to have a Batman & Robin scenario

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag