Fast X director Justin Lin announced hes stepping down as director of the film. Lin who has directed five Fast films was set to direct Fast X and its sequel. Hell remain as a producer on the saga. The final Fast & Furious films will need a new director. Franchise director Justin Lin announced Tuesday on Instagram he is stepping down as director from Fast X the next installment of the saga. He will remain on the film as a producer. Fast X is set to be the first of a two-part film ending the main Fast franchise. Insider has learned that Lin will not direct the final film of the Fast saga. Heres Lins statement in full
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. Over 10 years and five films we have been able to shoot the best actors the best stunts and the best damn car chases. 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.
Though Lin didnt cite his reason to depart the film Deadline reports Lins decision was due to creative differences. Lins departure from the series comes about a week after production on Fast X began. Franchise star Vin Diesel told Regal filming was originally supposed to commence in January 2022. Since January Diesels efforts to get Dwayne Johnson to reprise his role in the film failed with Johnson. Jason Momoa and Brie Larson have recently joined the sequel.
Last week Diesel shared a video from the set of Fast X with Lin in which the director said it feels like the beginning of an epic ending. Lins departure comes as a shock. In September Lin told Insider hes been thinking about the ending to the franchise for over a decade. Its a topic he discussed with former Fast star Paul Walker who died at the age of 40 in 2013 after he was involved in a single-car accident. The director previously told Insider hes been thinking about the final chapter of the franchise with Diesel for the last nine or so years.
Lin directed five films in the Fast franchise — the third fourth fifth sixth and ninth films. On the Fast 6 commentary Lin previously said he was done directing the saga after the sixth film. Lin originally planned to return to direct one Fast and Furious sequel F9 (2021). In June Lin told Insider that Diesel pulled him aside to convince him to stay and oversee the final trilogy of the main saga. Once I kind of agreed Vin kind of pulled me aside and he said Youre not leaving Lin said while laughing of agreeing to direct F9. Were finishing this thing up. Currently Fast X is set to be released on May 19 2023.