Collider wrote:Director Justin Lin Might Return to FAST & FURIOUS Franchise to Bring Series to a Close
After Fast & Furious 6 was such a massive hit, director Justin Lin, who also helmed the previous three entries, had plenty of options. Rather than return for the seventh Fast & Furious, he chose to direct a Bourne Legacy sequel, which seemed like a sound decision since, like Fast & Furious, it offered the opportunity to take control of a new franchise and build it into something better. Meanwhile, James Wan (The Conjuring) took the reins of the Fast & Furious franchise, and Furious 7 will be due out next year.
However, with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass returning for the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy 2 has been put on hold, which leaves Lin looking for a new film. Although he still has a wealth of projects to choose from, it looks like he might be come back to Fast & Furious to not only continue the popular franchise, but to bring it to a conclusion.
As we reported yesterday, Wan won’t return for the eighth Fast & Furious movie, and will instead go direct The Conjuring 2, which is due out in June 2016. That leaves the director’s chair open for Fast & Furious 8, and Deadline expects that Lin and Universal are going to get back together. Deadline then goes a step further by reporting that their conversation will be “about him directing a multi-part production that will lead to multiple movies shot together and will wave the checkered flag on the Fast & Furious franchise.” A year ago, Paul Walker said Fast & Furious 8 was guaranteed and Universal was also eyeing Fast & Furious 9 and 10, but it’s unknown how far they want to take it now.
Universal loves releasing their Fast & Furious movies as close together as possible (Furious 7 would have come out this summer, but it was pushed to 2015 because of Walker’s death), and shooting multiple entries together could help line-up an annual hit since the films are so popular. I’m surprised there’s even talk of wanting to bring the franchise to a close.
If Lin does decide to come back to Fast & Furious, it will have to wait until he’s done directing the first two episodes of True Detective: Season 2. While I’m not a die-hard fan of the Fast & Furious series, it’s definitely been rewarding to see his skills grow with each new film, and while I don’t know how Wan handled Furious 7 (the trailer looks pretty damn good), I’m pretty sure fans will be okay with Lin getting back in the driver’s seat.
Makes complete sense for Lin to return and close off this series properly.