Fast and Furious 10: The director leaves the set. Vin Diesel takes control? – Movie news

With Fast X just beginning filming, Justin Lin announces that he is stepping down from directing (but staying on as producer).

Thunderbolt in the Fast & Furious family! Director Justin Lin, who is already directing Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift and episodes 4, 5, 6 and 9 of the saga, is leaving the newly begun filming of Fast X.

The director, who co-wrote the film with Dan Mazeau, will remain in production. If the split was amicable between the two parties, sources close to the filmmaker say the latter has decided to withdraw from the franchise due to creative differences.

Justin Lin released a statement: “With support from Universal, I made the difficult decision to step down as director of FAST X while remaining on the project as producer. In ten years and five feature films, we’ve been able to film the best actors, the best stunts and the best car chases.

Personally, I’m proud to have helped create the most diverse franchise in the history of cinema, as a child of Asian immigrants. I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew and studio for their support and for welcoming me into the FAST family.”

We still don’t know what the creative differences are, but we recently announced that producer Neal H. Moritz wanted a return to basics for the final two installments of the saga. he hoped”Bring back some realism and make movies less crazy.”

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On the other hand, Vin Diesel, protagonist of the saga and also producer, is very involved at all levels. He also announced last week that Jordana Brewster, who portrays Mia Toretto, would not appear in the script for Fast X and that it was his daughter who insisted on Justin Lin including her in the story.

So many details that could explain the director’s decision are nonetheless very involved in the franchise.

Last Sunday, Vin Diesel shared a video of him and Justin Lin announcing the end of the first week of filming on Fast X.

A surprising decision

Justin Lin, who was set to direct the last two parts, was one of the architects of the Fast & Furious saga. He joined the series in the third part and took Fast & Furious from simple action films to internationally acclaimed blockbusters.

While promoting Fast & Furious 9, Lin confessed that he knew how the adventure would end: “We’ve been talking about this for ten years. It’s a conversation we’ve had for a long time. So, by and large, I can say yes. And above all because the 9 marks the beginning of a trilogy.”

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Justin Lin and Vin Diesel on the set of Fast & Furious 5

A trilogy that the filmmaker wanted to direct, but ultimately prefers to leave to someone else.

Universal must therefore look for a new director who is immediately willing to take part in the shooting of this large production.

Deadline reports that production, which had just begun, will be briefly paused while producers find a replacement for Justin Lin. The studio would have already started meeting candidates.

Directed by Vin Diesel?

Would Vin Diesel be ready to take back control of his baby? As a reminder, the actor has already made 2 short films (Multifacial 1995 and Los Bandoleros, which linked all the films of the FF saga in 2009) and the feature film Strays in 1997.

It seems logical that the star of the saga, very involved in the scenario and production, is officially at the helm of the last two works.

Fast X is currently scheduled to hit theaters on May 24, 2023. Vin Diesel, Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang and Daniela Melchior join the feature film cast.

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