4 April 2013 10:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Say what you will about Justin Lin, but he's come a long way since breaking out with his indie "Better Luck Tomorrow." Granted, most of his success has come from shooting fast cars do jumps and stuff, but he also helped revitalize and re-legitimatize the "Fast & Furious" franchise as a whole, thanks to the staggering success of "Fast Five." And there's no doubt that "Fast & Furious 6" is going to be another monster hit. But it looks like the director is done shifting gears. THR reports Lin has exited "Fast & Furious 7" because he doesn't want to be rushed to meet the studio's planned 2014 release date (and remember, 'Furious 6' is already being positioned with an ending to tie into the next movie). While the trade claims everything is still cool between Lin and Universal, we can't imagine they're exactly thrilled either, as they're now in the midst hunting for someone to take on the challenge. »


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