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10 Directors Who Should Replace Justin Lin As Director

In a shocking turn of events during the production of Fast X, which Vin Diesel is constantly reporting on through his social media, writer-director Justin Lin has quite just one week in production. And now Universal has the tough task of rapidly finding a director for a movie that’s already a week into principal photography and with a schedule to stick to.

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It’d be easy to demand the likes of visionary auteurs like Christopher Nolan and James Cameron to come on board, but while they would make incredible Fast & Furious movies, they not only come with a huge price tag but they’re wrapped up in their own projects too. Between directors-for-hire who can deliver the goods and filmmakers already connected to the franchise in some way, these are the studio’s very best options.

David Ayer
Arnold Schwarzenegger in DEA uniform and firing a gun in Sabotage

David Ayer is not only an established action director, with movies like Fury and Sabotage under his belt, but he also wrote the screenplay for the very original The Fast and the Furious. Since that screenplay, he has become one of the most in-demand action filmmakers. However, though it isn’t clear why Lin left the production, whether it really was because of creative differences or because of a clashing of egos, it’s doubtful that Ayer would want to revisit such a problematic and stressful production.

The Fast and Furious writer has already been put through the wringer with Warner Bros., as he directed Suicide Squad, which was reedited and the final result was wholly unlike what he had envisioned. It’s led to fans demanding the “Ayer Cut.” And the last thing the writer-director needs is another controversy like that.

Michael Bay
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Michael Bay undoubtedly comes with a huge price tag, as a movie with his name attached to it attracts huge audiences, even if his movies aren’t critically acclaimed. However, Bay’s schedule must surely be quiet, as he’s just wrapped up Ambulance, his exciting return-to-form heist movie. As the press junkets are all done with at this point, he could cut his well-deserved rest short.

And as Bay is notoriously strict on his set, as Megan Fox even compared him to Hitler, he wouldn’t allow for any egos getting in the way and he’d easily turn in the movie under budget and schedule. It doesn’t make sense why Bay hasn’t directed a Fast movie yet, as the series is so bombastic, over-the-top, and full of explosions that the series and director were made for each other.

Elizabeth Banks
Charlie's Angels load their guns

While most people will know Elizabeth Banks as a comedy actor and for starring in some of the funniest movies in the 2000s, she has since moved into directing. And she has proved that, given her background, she’s surprisingly great at shooting action.

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Banks’ directorial debut was the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2, which itself even has some comedy action moments. And she recently directed the new Charlie’s Angels reboot, which, while it didn’t receive the best reviews, had a perfect balance of action and comedy. As the Fast X script is already written and the pre-production for the movie is already complete, Banks is more than capable enough to bring it home.

James Wan
Black Manta shoots Aquaman in Aquaman

There are two sides to James Wan. There’s the indie side of him who never forgets his roots and continues to churn out terrifying low-budget indie movies. Then there’s the blockbuster side of him, as the filmmaker can direct a billion-dollar-grossing popcorn flick just as easy as a horror film. That’s exactly what he did with Furious 7, which just so happens to be one of the most beloved films in the franchise, making him a likely candidate to take over from Lin.

However, along with having directed Aquaman, he is in the director’s chair for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom as well, but principal photography on that movie has wrapped. And as he’s one of the most prolific directors working today, as he directed both The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2 at the same time, he’s proved he can juggle two movies at once.

Michael Mann
Tom Cruise holding Jamie Foxx by the neck in Collateral

In the 1990s and well into the 2000s, Michael Man was such a high-profile director, and he has some incredible action crime movies under his belt including Heat and Collateral. His output has slowed down in recent years, but few other directors are as seasoned as him when it comes to the genre.

The other downfall is that while Mann’s action is grounded, so much that the Heat shootout is taught to Marine recruits, the Fast & Furious series is becoming more and more fantastical. But Mann could easily oversee the production, and fans might get to see the most realistic and exciting sequence since the first movie.

Gina Prince-Blythewood
Andy pulls a weapon from her back in The Old Guard

Gine Prince-Blythewood isn’t the best-known director, but her profile in Hollywood is growing, especially after directing the significantly overlooked Netflix action movie, The Old Guard. The movie is not only full of intricate action sequences, but it also stars Charlize Theron, who is also reprising her role as the villainous Cipher in the new Fast movie.

There’s already a great relationship between the director and actor there, and it seems like that’s what the Fast X shoot needs more than anything. The only problem is that the director has a film scheduled for release in 2022, The Woman King starring Viola Davis. But as that’s only five months away from release, the chances are that her role in the movie is mostly complete, and it wouldn’t be too difficult to jump on board with the Fast X crew.

David Leitch
Brad Pitt in Bullet Train

David Leitch is one of the most in-demand actors working today, and that has been the case ever since he co-directed John Wick, which revolutionized action movies today. But not everything has to be revolutionary, and the director has moved into working on more blockbuster movies too.

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Since the 2014 gun-fu movie, Leitch has directed Deadpool 2, the upcoming Bullet Train (which is complete,) and even Hobbs & Shaw, so there’s again a connection there and he undoubtedly knows the franchise’s history well. And who doesn’t want to see some gun-fu sequences in a Fast & Furious movie?

Brad Bird
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Brad Bird comes from an animation background, but though his live-action output has been minimal, the few movies he has made have been incredible, envelope-pushing action flicks. The filmmaker directed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which was one of the most influential movies of 2011, and it put the franchise back on the right path. And it was the movie that singlehandedly influenced the Fast franchise to become what it is today.

The Dubai scene in Furious 7 alone screams Ghost Protocol. And even his Incredibles animated movies are full of inventive action that he has proved he can translate well to live-action. With Bird at the helm, Fast X would have the most meticulous and intricate action scenes in the entire series.

Lana Wachowski
Keanu Reeves as Neo in The Matrix

Lana Wachowski wouldn’t be the first director fans would think of to direct a Fast movie, as the premise is way too simple for someone who directed the likes of The Matrix and Cloud Atlas. But there’s no denying that Wachowski is great at shooting action and even getting powerful performances out of her actors.

The director could bring a truly unique perspective to the series and an even more unique vision. And more than anything else, she’s certainly familiar with the wild concepts that Vin Diesel definitely wants the Fast franchise to head in, whether it’s time travel or parallel universes.

F. Gary Gray
Rap group NWA from Straight Out of Compton walking by trucks

Along with some of the 2000s and 2010s biggest movies, such as Law Abiding Citizen and Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray directed 2017’s The Fate of the Furious. The movie introduced Cipher, gave Mr. Nobody a bigger role, and turned the franchise into even more of a globetrotting espionage action series. Fast X seems to be tieing up a lot of what began in the eighth movie, so it’d make sense to bring back the director who knows these narrative threads better than anybody.

On top of that, the eighth Fast movie might not be one of the most loved films in the series, but it is the second-highest-grossing of the franchise. And in a studio’s eyes, that’s justification enough to have the director return to replace Lin.

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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)

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Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death

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Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)

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Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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