There’s been a lot of shuffling around going on at Universal Pictures as of late, and it looks like the core people behind their biggest franchise and what they hope will become their next big thing (their shared universe monsters franchise), are discussing how to proceed. Justin Lin damn near singlehandedly saved the Fast & Furious franchise, which was headed for straight-to-DVD territory after 2 Fast 2 Furious. With Tokyo Drift, Lin began a long overarching saga that switched up the dynamic of the films a bit and eventually upgraded the series to Gravy Train levels. But then he left after Fast & Furious 6, seemingly feeling a little burned out after four F&F movies in 7 years.
But now, according to Deadline, he may be on his way back.
See, James Wan came on to direct Fast & Furious 7, and now- despite claiming in 2013 that he was done with horror films- he’s decided to helm The Conjuring 2. That means he won’t be able to handle Fast & Furious 8. Meanwhile, Lin was poised to direct the sequel to the Bourne spinoff, The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner. However, now that Matt Damon is back, and Paul Greengrass is ready to direct a sequel to the main series, the spinoff is now on hold. This frees up Lin, and it puts a target on his back for Universal, who would love to bring him back on- seemingly to prepare for a big finale to the series.
It would make a lot of sense, since Lin is the architect for what the Fast & Furious series has become.
We shall see.