Fast & Furious 6 director has informed studio execs that once his work on the movie is complete he will be taking the first available exit from the high-octane franchise and won't be returning to direct Furious 7.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lin's departure has nothing to do with creative differences or a falling out with Vin Diesel, but is instead due to Universal's insistence on getting Fast 7 off the ground immediately and ready for release in 2014. Lin would have to begin prepping for the movie while still working on Fast 6 and he believes the time-frame to complete the movie is too short and therefore wouldn't represent his best work.
Lin has been in the driving seat of the Fast franchise for four movies and he's undoubtedly breathed fresh nitros-fuelled life into the franchise. Fast Five grossed a very respectable $626 million worldwide, while Fast & Furious 6 is one of the most anticipated tent poles of the year.
It's rumored that Universal could name a replacement as early as next week, but in the meantime I would like to hear your suggestions on who would be the ideal choice to take on Furious 7. Drop your ideas in the comment section below.