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Report: Director Justin Lin Passes on 'Fast and Furious 7'

April 5, 2013 (7:29 am) GMT
The 'Better Luck Tomorrow' helmer reportedly decides it's best for him to leave the franchise because the close gap between the sixth and seventh movies doesn't work for him.

"Fast and Furious 7" may have a new director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Lin will not return to the movie franchise about underground street racing and illegal heists after directing "" which is scheduled to start viewing across the country on May 24.

Lin reportedly passes on the seventh installment of the -starring film due to the timing. Rumor has it, he isn't into Universal's plan to have the next sequel on a fast track for a possible release in the summer of 2014. He feels "the rush would not result in his best work."

The "" helmer has directed four "Fast and Furious" movies. He first took the "Fast and Furious" reins in 2006's "" before following it up with 2009's "", 2011's "", and the upcoming "Fast Six".

Initially, the sixth and seventh installments of the action movie would be shot back to back with Justin on the helm, but the plan fell apart during the development. Now, the next sequel is expected to start filming later this summer in Los Angeles.

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