Full article: http://www.boxoffice...nd-furious-exit
The Hollywood Reporter brings word this afternoon that director Justin Lin won't be returning to helm Fast & Furious 7. Considering that the initial plan after 2011's Fast Five was to film the sixth and seventh movies back-to-back (a plan that didn't come to fruition), this comes as somewhat of a surprise.
While the report claims no bad blood exists between Lin and Universal, the latter is aiming to fast-track the next movie for a 2014 release. That would drastically veer from the franchise's typical trend of two or three years between installments. Lin says that's too fast for him (pardon the pun).
Universal's motives here are understandable since the studio has a weak slate of tentpole franchises to rely on year-to-year. The upcoming Jurassic Park 4 (currently scheduled for June 13, 2014) and Despicable Me franchise just aren't enough, apparently.
It took a lot of care, talent, and a fair amount of patience to rebuild the Fast franchise. After Vin Diesel and Paul Walker left the series, Justin Lin stepped in for Tokyo Drift in 2006--but without any recognizable stars, that film fell far from the box office heights of its predecessors. The return of the original cast and a genre upgrade from street racing to full-on heist movies--coupled with Lin's apt direction--are what revived this series in 2009 and 2011 to begin with.Fast Five's $628.6 million global take didn't happen by accident.
Edited by ShawnMR, 04 April 2013 - 10:44 AM.