Ever since he found Hollywood success with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Justin Lin has been attached to all sorts of different films, but Universal has kept pulling him back in to make more Fast & Furious movies. He’s already shot Fast & Furious 6 and was supposed to films Fast & Furious 7 later this year, but now he’s dropped out of the project, according to THR.
It seems Universal’s accelerated production schedule – which would mean he’d have to start prepping Fast & Furious 7, while he is still in post-production on Fast & Furious 6 – is the main reason he stepped aside. One insider claims that the filmmaker believed the rushed schedule would have resulted in a sub-par film. Of course it means he may now finally get to make some of the other movies he’s been flirting with, such as L.A. Riots, Lone Wolf And Cub, and the comedy Chinglish.
Fast & Furious 6 and Fast & Furious 7 were written at the same time by Chris Morgan, as initially they were going to be shot back-to-back but that plan was scrapped fairly 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.