the Fast the family does not always roll or die: fast furious franchise filmmaker Justin Lin reportedly quits directing x fast because of “difficult” star and producer Vin Diesel. Lin, who made five Fast films including the one from last summer F9announced that he had “made the difficult decision to step back” from the driver’s seat just days after the sequel began production on April 20. Lin co-wrote the film with screenwriter Dan Mazeau and will remain as producer for the 10th Fast installment, packing in theaters May 19, 2023, from Universal Pictures.
Richard Johnson of New York Daily News reports that Lin has left his position as director of x fast because Diesel is “so difficult,” according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. Lin drops 10 or 20 million dollars [as director]”, a veteran producer who is not involved in fast furious say it Daily News. According to the source, “Diesel arrives late on set. He doesn’t know his lines. And he’s out of shape.”
Lin appeared uncomfortable in a video that Diesel posted on Instagram a few days before the Fast Five the filmmaker walked away x fast.
“The first week. I just finished the first week,” Lin said in Diesel’s selfie video. When the Dominic Toretto actor asked Lin how it felt, the director replied, “It feels like the beginning of, uh, an epic ending.” Asked if it was ‘fair to say it will be the best’ fast furious movie, Lin replied, “In my heart, yes.”
The search for a new director, which would cost Universal between $600,000 and $1 million a day, includes The fate of the furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray and Fast & Furious Gifts: Hobbs & Shaw filmmaker David Leitch, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” Lin said in an April 26 statement. “In 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts and the best car chases. On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I’m proud to have helped 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 QUICK family.”
Diesel returns for the sequel alongside franchise co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Charlize Theron, and is joined by Fast newcomers Jason Momoa and Brie Larson. x fast opens in theaters May 19, 2023.