Justin Lin has decided to exit Fast X, the 10th instalment of Fast & Furious franchise. He will remain onboard as producer.
The filmmaker, who has helmed five films in the long-running Fast & Furious action series, exited the new movie merely days after the start of production.
According to Deadline, the split is amicable but the result of creative differences between the director and studio Universal Pictures.
Lin shared the news of his departure from the movie in a statement posted on the franchise’s official Twitter handle.
“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,” the filmmaker said.
“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 added.
Lin, who co-wrote Fast X with Dan Mazeau, was set to direct both the 10th and 11th movie in the franchise — a two-part finale — with the 11th film set to be the final mainline Fast instalment.
Led by Vin Diesel, the 10th instalment will also feature Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Sung Kang. Captain Marvel star Brie Larson and Jason Momoa of Aquaman fame are the new entrants in the franchise.
Fast X has a release date of May 19, 2023, though it’ll be interesting to see if it sticks to that given Lin’s exit.