‘Fast 10’: Louis Leterrier Set to Replace Justin Lin as Director

TL;DR:

  • Louis Leterrier has reportedly been chosen as the new director of Fast 10.
  • Leterrier would replace Justin Lin, who recently departed from the franchise.
  • The entrance of a new director could help keep the sequel on track for its 2023 release.
'Fast 10' director Louis Letterier. He's wearing a dark top and scarf and smiling and pointing at the camera.
Director Louis Letterier | Max Nash/AFP via Getty Images

Following Justin Lin’s departure from the Fast and the Furious franchise last week, Universal has reportedly chosen a new director to helm the upcoming sequel. Louis Leterrier, known for his work on films like The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, is the studio’s choice to direct Fast 10. After the shock of Lin leaving so abruptly, fans will no doubt be relieved to hear the sequel might be moving forward. Here’s what we know about Leterrier’s involvement so far.

Louis Leterrier Universal’s choice to replace Justin Lin as ‘Fast 10’ director

On May 2, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Universal has picked a director to replace Justin Lin on Fast & Furious 10. The studio wants to hand the reins to Louis Leterrier, best known for projects like The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans, and Now You See Me. The outlet reports that the deal isn’t set in stone. However, if wrapped soon, it could mean minimal disruptions for the upcoming sequel.

Lin’s exit from the series sent shockwaves across the internet, as the director was heavily involved since its third installment. He co-wrote Fast & Furious 10 and plans to stay on as producer. However, it looks like Leterrier could sit in the director’s seat for Fast 10 moving forward. But why did Lin leave in the first place?

Justin Lin stepped down from ‘Fast 10’ without explanation

Deadline reported on April 26 that Justin Lin would step down from his directorial role on Fast 10, sharing a statement from the director. It doesn’t offer a reason for the sudden exit. However, it does see Lin expressing gratitude for his time working on the Fast and the Furious movies:

“With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X, while remaining with the project as a producer. Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases. On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history. I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew and studio for their support, and for welcoming me into the FAST family.”

Despite rumors of tension on set, Lin’s official statement suggests an amicable break from the film and studio. Perhaps more details will come out later on. In the meantime, it sounds like fans can look forward to Louis Leterrier’s entrance — and finding a new director so soon would certainly help Fast 10 stick to its release schedule.

Louis Leterrier’s entrance could keep the film on schedule

Justin Lin’s exit from Fast 10 came just days after the movie entered production, so his absence could cause a shake-up for the sequel. However, Universal hasn’t announced plans to push the release date back at this time.

Bringing a director like Louis Leterrier on right away could ensure Fast 10 still arrives in 2023. Hopefully, negotiations pan out as intended. Fans will be waiting for more news about the upcoming sequel.

Fast & Furious 10 is currently slated to arrive on May 19, 2023.

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