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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
ambulance movie review

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
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise

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 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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