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.

Furious 7 comes to theaters April 3rd, 2015 and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson. The film is directed by James Wan.

Sources: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. Titon

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

    2 years 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.

    2 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  3. artkid04

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

    2 years 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

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  5. artkid04

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

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  6. red_ruddy


    2 years agoby @red-ruddyFlag

  7. Pjwolsker

    Haha Universal f*cked up

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  8. fett2fresh

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

    2 years agoby @fett2freshFlag

  9. 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?

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  10. 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.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  11. the Narrator

    Smart move, Lin.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  12. Vanboy

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

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  13. ChiRep_1

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

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  14. artkid04

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

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  15. Waseem Abbas Burfat

    Justin Lin is good job

    2 years agoby @wabburfatFlag

  16. Dan

    Good move by Lin.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. fett2fresh

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

    2 years agoby @fett2freshFlag

  18. K.Guy

    sad news... John Woo? *whines*

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  19. 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 .

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  20. 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.

    2 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  21. Mka47

    smart man

    2 years agoby @mka47Flag

  22. 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?

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  23. 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?

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  24. 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.

    2 years agoby @rocknrollaFlag

  25. 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.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Wouldn't want to have a Batman & Robin scenario

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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