Fast Five Director Justin Lin Signs On To Comedy Sci-Fi Project
Though he started his career with the Sundance hit Better Luck Tomorrow, Justin Lin has made a huge name for himself with the Fast and Furious franchise, which he took over only with the third in the series and has pretty much defined. Lin is in production right now on The Fast and the Furious 6, high on the success of Fast Five, but he's been attaching his name to a number of other projects as well-- including one that he might make as a director.
According to Variety, he's teaming with the studio behind the Fast and Furious movies-- Universal Pictures-- to produce Subdivision, a sci-fi comedy now set up at Lin's Barnstorm Entertainment. The plot is being kept under wraps for some reason, but the title in combination with the description "sci-fi comedy" makes it sound an awful lot like this year's The Watch, in which a bunch of schlubby guys defended their neighborhood against an alien invasion. The script for this one, though, came from Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles, and since Jurgenson was behind the bizarre and hilarious comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, we might be able to expect something a little bit more bizarre.
Lin is developing the film as a potential directing project, but it's unclear where it might fall in line on his dance card-- in addition to Fast Six, he's also been eyed to direct L.A. Riots at Universal, has plans to adapt the Broadway play Chinglish, and has also considered an adaptation of a manga. So he's got a lot of options, but Universal clearly likes having Lin in their camp, so whatever he does, it's likely to be with them.
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