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Sometimes you've just got to know when to step on the brakes.
Longtime "Fast and the Furious" franchise director Justin Lin has announced that this summer's "Fast & Furious 6" will be his last time behind the wheel of Universal's tentpole series ... simply because he can't keep up with the studio's need for speed.
Lin's departure from the franchise isn't due to bad blood but rather because he's unable to meet the studio's demands for another "Fast" installment to hit theaters as soon as possible. In fact, Universal wants "Fast 7" ready for Summer 2014, just one year after this summer's offering -- in order to make that happen, Lin would've had to prep the seventh film whilst still in post production on the sixth, an endeavor he feels wouldn't have resulted in his best work.
Universal's original plan was to have "Fast 6" and "7" shoot simultaneously, though that direction was scrapped early on in development, possibly due to Vin Diesel's limited availability as he focused on his pet project, "Riddick," opening Sept. 6.
Franchise fatigue might be another reason for Lin's departure. He's directed every "Fast" movie since the third installment, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (2006), and the series has pretty much dominated his career ever since. Like any young director, Lin's probably ready to try something that doesn't involve Diesel, Paul Walker and tricked-out ultra-vehicles.
We're not, though. "Fast & Furious 6" opens May 24, and we can't wait.
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