After directing four installments in the lucrative Fast & Furious franchise — 2006's Tokyo Drift ($158 million), 2009's Fast & Furious ($363 million), 2011's Fast Five ($626 million) and 2013's Fast & Furious 6 ($789 million) — Justin Lin passed on the opportunity to direct Furious 7 (directed by James Wan, grossed $1.52 billion) so that he could helm Star Trek Beyond.
With Star Trek nearing completion, Lin will turn his attention to his LeBron James-led Space Jam movie, but after that, he could make a possible return to the Fast & Furious franchise.
"I'm going to bring him back," Diesel says, when asked if Lin will direct the finale. "Whenever we had a day off—even on Thanksgiving, his favorite holiday—it was Justin and me working on how far we could take it. Success comes from 10 years of that mentality."
Lin, who says he works Thanksgivings because he's thankful that his father only ever took that one day off, laughs when I ask him if it's true.
"Vin says you finish what you started," he says, "and he's very persuasive." - Wired
Fast 8 is being directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton), based on a script by Chris Morgan. The cast includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron, and Kristofer Hivju.
Fast 8 races into theaters April 14, 2017.
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