Short-term filmmaker Justin Lin left Fast X, which he planned to premiere in a two-part sequel, but no reason was given for the standard Hollywood structure of creative differences. However, a likely culprit has begun to emerge: Vin Diesel.
According to New York Daily News, Diesel was reportedly back to his old tactic of holding up production and not providing the same level of professionalism as his co-stars. This is the same problem that led Diesel to withdraw the main films and the release of the spinoff series Hobbs and Shaw.
Lins has never seen anything like it. A former producer who is not involved in Fast X said about their abrupt departure. Diesel shows up late to the set. He doesn''t know his lines. And he shows himself out of shape.
According to the source, no one is dissing Vin Diesel on the record, but everyone knows.
On an interesting note, Lins'' departure (which is reportedly going for $600,000 to $1 million per day) came shortly after Diesel revealed on Instagram that he fought to keep Jordana Brewster in the film, which was still alive in the franchise, and that his brother, Brian, is now alive. The franchise is not without its own drama.
Was Vin getting a head of the bad press, or was he simply being his carefree Diesel self and freestying his thoughts to his loyal loyal? It''s an interesting conundrum following another high-profile departure from a film series that is supposed to focus on family.