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    Justin Lin(Fast 3 to Fast 6 director), won't direct Fast n Furious 7

    Post by Nameless on Thu May 23, 2013 8:50 pm

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    We learned from Dwayne“The Rock”Johnson that Fast&Furious 6 and 7 would not shoot back-to-back well before the sixth instalment had started production. However, it was only a few days ago when the franchise’s long time star Vin Diesel announced that Universal wants to get the cameras rolling on Fast&Furious 7this Summer–in order for the (final?) adrenaline-fueled racing/heist series instalment to reach theatres a year later in 2014.

    The natural assumption (at that time) was that Chris Morgan had written the Fast&Furious 7script for Justin Lin to direct, given that both men have been working on the series for seven years–going back to Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Driftin 2006–and “changing horses” is a bad idea at this juncture, considering the small amount of time Universal has set aside for pre-production.

    Heat Vision is reporting that Lin has informed the studio that he won’t direct the seventh Fast and the Furious movie, on the basis that its “aggressively accelerated [production] timetable” won’t allow him the proper time to finish editing Fast&Furious 6 and complete pre-viz work on the followup–without having to rush both processes and be satisfied with sloppy results, that is.

    This frees up Lin to pursue another project as his next directing effort. Indeed, for all we know right now, the possibilities might include the gestatingTerminator 5and Highlander reboot–both of which Lin was circling before moving onto Fast&Furious 6 (and currently need a director)–or the comedy Subdivision, which he is producing.

    Meanwhile, Universal is expected to announce Lin’s replacement on Fast&Furious 7 as soon as next week, in order to keep things moving forward on schedule.

    Justin Lin and Vin Diesel filming‘Fast Five’

    There have been similar instances of directors not bowing down to studio heads demanding they hurry a tentpole sequel down the assembly line in recent memory, including when Gary Ross passed on directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Rupert Wyatt skipped on Dawn of the Planet of the Apesdue to those sequels’overly-hurried production timeline.

    Heck, over-demanding producers and ill-prepared projects are rumored to be at the heart of whatreally prompted Lynne Ramsay to abandon ship so abruptly on Jane Got a Gun (and that was just a low-budget non-sequel).

    Of course, you always have to remember that Hollywood is a well-oiled machine and, in this case, Universal has probably been working on a backup plan (based on the assumption that Lin would pass onFast&Furious 7) for some time. It does seem like a shame that Lin won’t be allowed to properly complete the story he’s set in motion, but that, as they say, is showbiz for you…

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