On Tuesday, he announced that he will be retiring from his position as director of the upcoming Fast X franchise in the Close & Furious days before starting production.
The sudden, shocking announcement did not provide any clue. Production, so far, has been second unit filming, which will remain the focus as an immediate director search continues.
I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of Fast X, while remaining with the project as a producer, Lin, who co-wrote the film with Dan Mazeau, said in a statement released on the franchise's official Twitter account. Over ten years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases. I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew, and studio for their assistance, and for welcoming me into the
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Sung Kang will be returning for Fast X. Franchise newcomers are Jason Momoa, who is set to appear in the film.
Lin, who played F9: The Fast Saga in 2021, was set to direct both the 10th and 11th film in the franchise, with the 11th film expected to be the final Fast installment.
Fast films have surpassed expectations of contemporary studio filmmaking and are now the largest franchise for Universal. The films have a combined box office gross of $6 billion, with the previous installment, F9, who was once considered a hit by epidemic box office standards.