Director Justin Lin abruptly stepped down from the 10th Fast and Furious film last week, a decision that is now being blamed on star Vin Diesel’s “difficult” behavior on production.
Lin dropped out of the project less than two weeks into shooting, causing Universal to halt filming while it searches for a replacement at a cost of $600,000 to $1 million per day.
The filmmaker, according to the New York Daily News, had had enough of Diesel’s lack of professionalism. “Diesel arrives late to the shoot. “He doesn’t know his lines,” said a person who did not want to be identified. “And he appears to be out of shape.”
Lin must have been pushed to his limits by the franchise star, as he exited the film with a “$10 or $20 million” payoff.
Furthermore, Lin was supposed to direct both Fast X and Fast 11, the profitable series’ last installment, a job that is now clearly in jeopardy. Lin’s long association with the Fast & Furious franchise comes to an end with this, since he directed five films in all, including the franchise-revitalizing Fast Five in 2011 and last year’s F9.
This isn’t the first time Diesel’s professional contacts have harmed the Fast and Furious franchise. Due to a feud with Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson infamously declined to return to the main series following 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, instead starring opposite Jason Statham in the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. Johnson recently turned down Diesel’s public plea to rejoin the Fast and Furious franchise, calling his former co-social star’s media post “manipulation.”
“No one is publicly criticizing Vin Diesel, but everyone knows,” according to reports