Justin Lin Talks 'Fast & Furious 4' Gig and 'Oldboy' Departure

Word that Justin Lin might be doing The Fast & Furious 4 first surfaced when a list of films being rushed before the impending strike was leaked and his name was attached as the proposed director, but when interviewed about it, he resisted to confirm it and said that he hasn\'t signed anything. Then when Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are said to join, Lin was reported to be involved.

When the director was in town to prom ...

Word that Justin Lin might be doing The Fast & Furious 4 first surfaced when a list of films being rushed before the impending strike was leaked and his name was attached as the proposed director, but when interviewed about it, he resisted to confirm it and said that he hasn\'t signed anything. Then when Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are said to join, Lin was reported to be involved.

When the director was in town to promote his hilarious mockumentary Finishing the Game (keep posted for our full interview), I couldn\'t resist asking him to give the final word. As it turns out, he\'s been with the project all along, with what sounds to be contractual obligations.

"I gots to," Lin grinned, prompting the Game stars beside him to break into laughter.

Speaking of obligations, Lin also talked a little bit about the Oldboy remake that he\'s been attached to direct for nearly four years now. With the movie in limbo, Lin explained how he felt like he came to a point where he felt more like the protector of Oldboy\'s integrity. The man wanted to do a completely different take on the premise where it\'s not even Oldboy anymore, but the studio wanted a carbon copy of the Korean film, so Lin quickly realized that he was not the man for the job even though he already signed on it.

"This is like four years ago! For the last three years I\'ve just been kind of protecting it, squatting on it. The truth is, you\'re going to hear it [soon]. Some big filmmaker is going to [do it], you know?"

So when will he, uh, "expire" from the project?

"Probably today," he laughed. "I think it\'s around... now."

The Better Luck Tomorrow helmer stated that he considers making movies like Fast and the Furious to be his day job. "It\'s great to get back [into independent films] and get to develop things, and to take some time off. But it was really time off. [Now I\'ve] got to make another movie [for them], you know?"

Not that studio projects need to be, pardon the pun, a drag. "Those Fast and Furious movies are actually pretty pure, because they\'re not trying to hide anything. It should be a fun, pop corn action movie," Lin said of his involvement with the franchise. "I have a good time with that. It\'s a very different process than with projects like [Finishing the Game] or Better Luck Tomorrow, but it\'s a craft in itself and it\'s challenging."

The film is said to take place in Rio, though the film will be shooting in LA and Mexico. The exact plot is still a secret, though you can count on a high speed race to take place.

"We\'re going to introduce Han\'s twin brother Curly," Lin joked.

Oct
19
2007

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