Justin Lin Won't Direct 'Fast and Furious 7'
In today's uncertain box office climate, franchises are more valuable than ever for studios, so it's easy to understand why Universal is making plans for the seventh installment of its cash-cow Fast and Furious series even before the sixth movie arrives in theaters. On the other hand, Fast and Furious 7's (ahem) accelerated development cycle appears to have cost the studio a director.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Justin Lin has informed Universal execs that he won't be back for FF7, reportedly saying he "felt the rush would not result in his best work." And while many action franchises can switch directors around with impunity, in this case, Lin's departure is a fairly major blow -- he's helmed four films in the series, starting with Tokyo Drift and extending through Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and (of course) Fast & Furious 6.
It's still too soon to tell who Universal will find to replace Lin, but with the studio reportedly eyeing a summer 2014 release for FF7, they probably won't be wasting any time when it comes to lining up suitors. As for Lin, Collider notes that he already has a number of potential projects on his docket, drawing across a variety of genres: sci-fi (a thriller titled Hibernation), action (he's attached to adapt an upcoming Patrick Lee novel for Warner Bros.), period revenge drama (an adaptation of the manga Lone Wolf and Cub), and even a theater-to-film adaptation (Chinglish).