After ten days with filming under way on Tuesday 26, 2022, Justin Lin shock the whole world posting to social media his decision to step back as director of Fast X.
Justin Lin co-wrote the film with Dan Mazeau and will remain on as a producer. While the parting was amicable between both parties, insiders say that Lin ultimately decided to step away from the franchise due to creative differences. Justin Lin has released a statemen:
"With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X," the statement read, adding that he will remain working on the project in a producer capacity. "Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases," he continued. "On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history."
"I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew and studio for their support, and for welcoming me into the FAST family," he concluded.
The news came as a massive shock to fans, who have come to see Justin Lin as one of the primary architects of the series’ approach to heart, humor and vehicular carnage since he boarded the project with 2006’s “The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.” He’s since helmed some of the most critically acclaimed installments, including 2009 "Fast and Furious" ( Fast 4), 2011’s “Fast Five,” and took the films’ stunts to new heights with his 2021 return in “F9: The Fast Saga.”
The biggest challenge facing the production is time. Sources tell Variety that the second unit will continue production in the U.K., while the main unit is paused until a replacement director is hired. Until then, the production is burning through cash to keep key crew and cast members in limbo. Sources from different studios with experience replacing directors midstream estimated that it could be costing Universal upwards of $600,000 to $1 million a day. Much of the cost depends on whether production on any major set-pieces were already underway — the bigger the action beats, the more pricey the delay — which suggests that Lin made his decision to vacate the director’s chair so early into the shoot to avoid even bigger cost overruns further down the production calendar. Variety
Universal is reportedly looking for a replacement and some of the names are The Fast and The Furious (2001) director Rob Cohen , Deadpool 2 director David Leitch and Straight Outta Compton and Fate of the Furious (Fast 8) director F. Gary Gray as potential replacements.
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Justin Lin stepping down from the director's chair is heart breaking news for us the Fast Saga fans. We all know that things happen and people's ideas change fast...I wish some how, Universal, the franchise's creative team and Justin could resolve this issue and get back to work all together again to complete the Fast Saga as a perfect 10. Stay tune! more to come.
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