Fast X director Justin Lin resigns

Veteran Fast franchise director Justin Lin will no longer be directing the upcoming Fast X. Production has been halted so the studio can find a replacement director.

According to Deadline, Lin – who previously directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and F9 – has been tapped to direct the two-part finale Fast X and Fast & Furious 11. However, although filming for Fast X has already begun, Lin will step down from the director’s seat due to creative differences, while continuing to produce the films.

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In a statement, Lin said, “With Universal’s support, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X, while remaining with the project as a producer.” Although Lin did not elaborate on his decision to quit, he thanked the cast and stunt crew, and added, “On a personal note, as a child of Asian immigrants, I am proud to have helped build the most diverse franchise in movie history.”

Production on Fast X had just begun, but there will be a brief hiatus to find Lin’s replacement. A decision is expected soon as the studio is reportedly already talking to replacement candidates.

Lin is well-loved by fans for directing some of the Fast franchise’s most critically acclaimed entries, including Fast Five and Fast and Furious 6 (and cult favorite Tokyo Drift). Lin oversaw the series’ transformation from its early films into the globe-trotting blockbusters they are today. After leaving the series in 2013, Lin returned to the franchise in 2021 for F9 and was expected to complete the franchise before today’s news.

It’s unclear who could replace Lin, although several directors have tackled the Fast series, including James Wan.

Fast X would have wrapped up the Fast franchise and features most of the main Fast cast members along with newcomers like Jason Momoa and Brie Larson.

Matt TM Kim is IGN’s Managing Editor. You can join it @lawoftd.

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