It took the movie observing world by surprise, but when Justin Lin exited Fast-X over “creative differences” many of us began to read between the lines. As expected, it hasn’t taken long for the truth to emerge.
It would appear that attempts to manage him by producer and star Vin Diesel, along with constantly changing demands from the studio, led Lin to decide he just didn’t need the hassle in his life.
On April 23rd there was a “major disagreement” with Diesel in a four-person meeting that included shouting and slammed door over Diesel having new notes. This was on top of a complete shift in locations for a key scene, caused by the Ukraine conflict, and another attempt to polish the script further by Diesel and Universal. This was apparently contradicting Lin’s view that the script was locked.
As the 21-year-old franchise comes to a close, producers are said to be courting The Transporter, and The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier to take over Fast-X. They need to move fast, as second unit production can only tide them over so long and they are reportedly losing $ 1million a day having a first unit cast and crew all retained but not working.
Leterrier is known in Hollywood as a safe pair of hands around this type of production.
These rumors around Diesel come on the back of a claim by his nemesis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, that several members of the cast and crew personally thanked him for standing up to Diesel after a number of fallouts while making earlier franchise entries together.
Fast-X remains locked for a 2023 release.