Vin Diesel is a reliable source on updates regarding Fast and Furious and his latest Facebook post says that Justin Lin is coming back to direct the last two movies in the franchise.
With F. Gary Gray and James Wan not signing on to direct another movie in the Fast and Furious series, all hopes were on Justin Lin to return to the director’s chair that he had vacated after Furious 6. Lin had taken a break to work on Star Trek Beyond, a terrific sci-fi flick which didn’t make the kind of box office killing that it deserved. Anyway, Fast and Furious star and producer Vin Diesel has now made an announcement through his Facebook page, which says that Justin Lin will be back to direct Fast and Furious 9 and 10 – the final two instalments of the saga.
Diesel’s latest video update on Facebook has him in a “secret location”, filming footage which he playfully insists his fans to keep a secret. Vin pans the camera to show us Justin Lin standing next to him, as the star breaks the news on the director who resurrected the franchise, making a return to wrap up the final chapters of the trilogy storyline that was started off with this year’s billion-dollar blockbuster – The Fate of the Furious. Panning the camera in the other direction, Vin Diesel introduces the fans to another member of the family who is ready for the reunion.
The biggest surprise turns out to be the return of Jordana Brewster who played Dominic Toretto’s sister Mia in The Fast and the Furious arc. Mia and Brian O’Conner, played by the late Paul Walker were gracefully sent off in Furious 7, following Walker’s untimely death.
The family reunion will see Jordana Brewster starring in the one or even both of the Justin Lin-directed sequels which will wrap up the Fast and Furious saga.
Posted by Vin Diesel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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There were dialogues in the recent Fast and Furious 8 which emphasized on why the family prefers to keep Brian and Mia away from the guns and bullets, even when the Dom went rogue. We wonder how and why Mia Toretto re-joins the team in one or maybe both of the upcoming sequels.
And that also leaves a topic which will spark off a more intense discussion on fan forums. Will they bring back Paul Walker’s character again? If yes, it’s going to be far more difficult and expensive for the production team as well as the studio in terms of CGI expenses. If no, how will they explain his absence when Mia is in the equation?
Vin Diesel and Universal Pictures will (hopefully) pull the plug after the 10th flick in the franchise, which has seen its share of critical, commercial and emotional ups and downs. As the wise ones say, it’s always advisable to sign off on a high note. Justin Lin was the one who re-ignited and reformed the street-racing-based original thread to a genre-bending spy-action-adventure with the box office power of a superhero vehicle. With that guy helming the last two movies, we can always look forward to a spectacular conclusion to the Fast and Furious story arc.