Filming on “ Fast X ” had already begun when franchise veteran Justin Lin announced his surprising retirement from directing a few days ago . A disaster. Not for fans, who see the filmmaker as one of the most important creatives in the Raser saga (after all, he directed five of the nine parts of the main series), but also for the film studio responsible, which now has to find a successor very quickly. For every day Fast X doesn’t have a director, Universal loses between $600,000 and $1 million , according to seasoned insiders estimate Variety .
It could also be particularly bitter if the change of director causes scheduling problems with the actors. Big stars like Jason Momoa («Aquaman»), Brie Larson («Captain Marvel») and Charlize Theron («Mad Max: Fury Road») may not have much wiggle room and may have to move on to other big shoots right away. If it takes too long to find Justin Lin’s successor, her Fast & Furious roles may have to be cut and rewritten again.
Who will be the new director of «Fast X»?
With Vin Diesel staging himself as the alpha of Fast & Furious, and now not only co-star Dwayne Johnson but possibly Justin Lin as well, has left the franchise because of him, one might almost think the action star and Fast X «-producer would just swing himself in the director’s chair at any moment so that no one radioed him into his vision.
Diesel recently explained via Instagram that the first draft of the script, which Justin Lin co-wrote, did not even include the character Mia Toretto. He was so disappointed that he didn’t even know how to continue. It was then his daughter who approached Justin Lin and said: «No Mia, no ‘Fast 10’!», Which is why Mia was then written into the script, according to Diesel. This incident shows that there were creative differences between Vin Diesel and Justin Lin. However, it is unlikely that the actor will take over directing himself.
To date, Vin Diesel has directed only one feature film, 1997’s drug drama Strays , which launched his career. But such a low-budget indie film is no comparison to a gigantic action blockbuster like «Fast & Furious». Diesel just doesn’t have enough experience to trust him to direct such a valuable film. Yes, time is of the essence, but Universal is more likely to hire an experienced blockbuster director who’s not above just doing commissioned work without much creative influence on the project.
Unfortunately, other well-established «Fast & Furious» directors are currently busy: James Wan («Furious 7») is currently still busy with the post-production of «Aquaman 2», F. Gary Gray («Fast 8») is currently filming According to Variety , production on the action film Fall Guy is set to begin at any moment.
Let’s hope that the search will come to an end quickly so that the production can still run reasonably smoothly and the start date can also be met: «Fast X» is scheduled to start in German cinemas on May 18, 2023.
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