Fast & Furious 10: Justin Lin’s departure will cost Universal dearly

Up to $1 million a day while the studio finds a new director.

He had already directed five of the films in the saga, and decided to withdraw from the 10 and 11th opus when production had already started. The director of FastX, Justin Linsaid on the networks this week: “ With the support of Universal, I made the difficult decision to step back as a director of “Fast X”, while remaining on the project as a producer. In 10 years and 5 films, we have been able to film the best actors, the best stunts and the most incredible car chases. From a personal perspective, as a child of Asian immigrants, I’m proud to have helped create the most diverse franchise in film history. I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew and studio for their support and for welcoming me into the Fast family.“.

A great disappointment for fans of the saga, since it was one of the most important pieces in terms of emotion, humor and spectacular automobile scene, since episode 3: Tokyo Drift. A blow for the Universal franchise since it is also the films he has made that have been best acclaimed by critics.

His departure, which would be due to ” creative differences “, will ” amicably but it still puts Universal in a very awkward position. The studio must quickly find a replacement to be able to respect the release date, in May of next year. variety informs that the production will continue in the United Kingdom with the second team, that in the United States being on hold until the arrival of a new director. From experience, different studios estimate the replacement cost to be between $600,000 and $1 million per day for Universal. This is due in particular to the impressive sets, especially for the action scenes: the more ambitious they are, the more the delay will cost the production. The actors who will be in FastX do not facilitate the task: Jason Momoa, Brie Larson and Charlize Theron must also be present on other franchises, which will force the production to then adapt to their schedule if this project is delayed.

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Logic dictates that Lin should be replaced by someone already familiar with the franchise. Among the various directors who followed one another, James Wan (Fast and Furious 7) is already busy with Aquaman and the lost kingdom, F. Gary Gray (Fast and Furious 8) is currently running Lyft for Netflix and David Leitch (Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw) begins production of Fall Guy. Rob Cohen (Fast and Furious), accused of sexual assault, will certainly not be recalled, and John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious) tragically passed away in 2019.

The option Vin Diesel will it be considered? Pillar of the franchise, he has already directed a prequel short film on the return of Dom in 2009. But the actor has only made one feature film, in 1997, and this lack of experience in the face of a film as important economically speaking would be a risk worth taking.

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