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DIFFICULT VIN DIESEL THE REASON DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN QUIT FAST 10

I don’t want to say “I told you so,” but…you know the rest. Earlier in the week it was announced that Justin Lin, who directed five out of the nine Fast and the Furious films has quit the tenth installment less than two weeks into production.

Justin gave the usual political correct statement on his Instagram as to why he parted ways with the film, but I sensed Vin Diesel’s ego and possibility that as a producer he clashed with some of Justin’s ideas may have played a huge part in Justin leaving the film.

Now cones word that Vin had become difficult to work with, causing Justin to bid adieu to the franchise.

via NYDN:

Though filming had already begun, Lin, who directed five of the “Fast & Furious” films, abruptly quit last week without explaining why and without a replacement.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. Lin’s giving up $10 or $20 million,” one veteran producer who is not involved in his film said.

“Diesel shows up late to the set. He doesn’t know his lines. And he shows up out of shape,” my source tells me.

A spokesman for Lin had no comment and a rep for Diesel did not get back to the Daily News with a comment.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson quit five years ago, after making four “Fast & Furious” movies with Diesel.

There’s no word on who will replace Justin as director, but according to Variety, the director’s quick exit from the upcoming Fast & Furious sequel has left the studio forking over up to $1 million per day to keep the production in limbo.

“The production is burning through cash to keep key crew and cast members in limbo,” they explained. “Sources from different studios with experience replacing directors midstream estimated that it could be costing Universal upwards of $600,000 to $1 million a day.”

Dwayne Johnson was smart not to reprise his role as Hobbs in the final film, because I’m sure he’s somewhere side-eyeing this story with an “I told you so” as well.

After forcing myself to sit through the mess that was Fast 9, I do not have high hopes for the final chapter in this franchise.

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