Fast X Director Justin Lin Steps Down

Veteran Fast franchise director Justin Lin will no longer direct the upcoming Fast X. Production has halted so that 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 — was tapped to direct the two-part finale Fast X and Fast & Furious 11. However, although filming on Fast X already started, Lin will step down from the director’s seat over creative differences, while still remaining a producer on the films.

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In a statement, Lin says, “With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X, while remaining with the project as a producer.” While Lin didn’t elaborate on his decision to step down, he thanked the actors and stunt team, and added “On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history.” .”

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

Lin is highly-regarded among fans for having directed some of the most critically-acclaimed entries in the Fast franchise, including Fast Five and Fast and Furious 6 (and cult favorite Tokyo Drift). Lin oversaw the series’ transformation from its early movies 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 set to finish out the franchise before today’s news.

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

Fast X would have concluded the Fast franchise and includes most of the key Fast cast members as well as newcomers like Jason Momoa and Brie Larson.

Matt TM Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @The_Official.

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