There’s no doubting that “Fast & Furious” is one of the world’s most popular and lucrative film franchises. Following the retirement of longtime director Justin Lin, the successful franchise is causing a stir. Lin just announced his departure from the franchise on Twitter.
Lin, 50, said he’ll be stepping down from the film’s 10th and second-to-last installment but will remain as its producer. Louis Leterrier, the director of “Transporter,” will direct the latest installment. It is now being reported that Lin exited the franchise because of Vin Diesel, who has been the face of the franchise for the past two decades.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. Lin’s giving up $10 or $20 million. Diesel shows up late to the set. He doesn’t know his lines. And he shows up out of shape.”
Justin Lin, the Director of Fast X, Is Stepping Down.
Fast X, the tenth and next-to-last installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, would’ve been filmmaker Justin Lin’s fifth film. The director, on the other hand, is taking a break from the last installment, as he revealed on the official Fast Saga Twitter account.
“With Universal’s help, I’ve made the difficult decision to step down as director of Fast X while remaining involved as a producer,” Lin said. “We’ve been able to shoot the best actors, stunts, and damn car chases over the course of ten years and five films.
On a personal note, as the son of Asian immigrants, I am happy to have contributed to the development of the most diverse film franchise in history. For their support and for bringing me into the Fast family, I will be eternally thankful to the incredible cast, crew, and studio.”
Fast X only started filming last week. Lin and the studio have yet to comment on the circumstances surrounding his resignation. However, as the series progresses, series actor Vin Diesel appears to be exerting increasing control over it.
After a fight with Diesel, Dwayne Johnson left the series and believes there’s “no possibility” he’ll return after what Diesel described as “tough love.” Then, this week, Diesel revealed on Instagram that Mia Toretto, who has been played by Jordana Brewster throughout the series, was not in the first draft of the script.
Justin Lin Was Fired from Fast and Furious 10 Because of Vin Diesel’s Bad On-Set Behavior:
Justin Lin, the director of Fast X, the tenth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, died recently. Lin’s abrupt departure was attributed to “creative issues” just weeks after filming on Fast X began. However, according to a fresh story, Lin’s departure from Fast X was caused by Vin Diesel’s unruly on-set behavior. A source acquainted with the matter described Diesel as “tough,” according to Richard Johnson of the New York Daily News.
Justin Lin has helmed five of the nine films in the Fast & Furious franchise, including some of the best, such as Fast Five. He was also expected to make the top two, and he seemed to get along well with the other contestants. Lin and Diesel were recently seen in an Instagram video together and appeared to be having a wonderful time.
In a week, what could possibly go wrong? It’s highly rare for a director to abandon a big-budget project in the middle of production. Lin not only forfeited a sizable salary, but he also jeopardized his reputation by leaving without warning. And now, as it scrambles to find a suitable replacement, Universal Pictures is losing millions of dollars every day.
But to be fair, this wouldn’t be the first time Diesel has been accused of causing trouble for the cast and crew. His infamous feud with co-star Dwayne Johnson was also triggered for similar reasons.
Johnson called Diesel out on his unprofessionalism, but he didn’t do it very kindly. Without taking any names, Johnson referred to certain male co-stars as “candy a**es” and “chickens**t,” but it was apparent that the person in question was Vin Diesel. Owing to their animosity, Diesel and Johnson didn’t appear in any scenes together in Fast and Furious 8, nor did they do any press together.
The pair have seemingly buried the hatchet, with Diesel even appealing to Johnson to reprise his role as Luke Hobbs in the last two films in the franchise. Johnson has rebuffed the offer but will still star in the sequel to his spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, alongside Jason Statham.