A source close to the production has said that Lin is the current frontrunner to direct the next chapter of the Fast & Furious story. Lin’s first experience with the franchise was when he directed The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift back in 2006 before returning again to direct the next three subsequent films. The upcoming film will be the 9th in the series.
Being released ahead of the film will be Hobbs & Shaw, a spinoff focusing on the characters of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. The movie’s premiere is currently set for July of 2019 and Dwayne Johnson made a post to his Instagram about it earlier this month. The post can be seen below.
Daddy’s gotta go back to work ~ Hobbs. Pumped to expand and build out the FAST & FURIOUS universe in a cool, exciting way with our @sevenbucksprod, writer/producer Chris Morgan, producer Hiram Garcia and lead producer and my bigger twin, Neal Moritz. Thank you UNIVERSAL STUDIOS for being tremendous partners who see the big picture and for coming to us years ago with this spinoff idea. Huge shout to my brother, Jason Statham for the trust and wanting to create and deliver something fresh and bad ass for the fans. I have a tremendous amount of respect for this franchise that I’ve enjoyed droppin’ blood and sweat in over the years and my vision is to create greater opportunities for not only my fellow FF cast mates, but for other amazing actors as well who want to be a part of something new and cool. I want to use my spinoff platform to create new characters that fans will ultimately love to have fun with in multiple chapters and platforms. Film, TV, Digital, Virtual Reality etc.. the more opportunities we can create the better for the fans. Smart business. Let’s have some FUN and to quote, Hobbs the boss, if you don’t like it, we’re happy to beat that ass like a Cherokee drum. #HOBBS #SevenBucksProds #NewOpportunities #CandyAssesNeedNotApply JULY 2019
Lin is also the director behind Star Trek Beyond and Better Luck Tomorrow and is currently attached to a sequel to the 1996 film Space Jam and is set to star LeBron James. Lin’s television work includes three episodes of Community, the pilot of Scorpion, and directing the first two episodes of the second season of True Detective.
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The Fast & The Furious 9 has an expected release date of April 10th, 2020.