Justin Lin hasn’t got to worry about paying his mortgage for a couple of years, as Universal has signed him and his production company Barnstorm Pictures up on an exclusive two-year deal. Then again, I suspect Lin has no money troubles anyway after Fast Five grossed more than $600 million worldwide.
Although Lin was known before he took on directing duties for the Fast and Furious series, it was Fast Five which really made his name. Anyone who can make a movie compelling enough to make that much money, despite it essentially being the same as the previous four entries, clearly knows what they’re doing.
According to Variety, Jeff Kirschenbaum, co-president of Production for Universal, said of Lin:
“Justin’s vision and unique approach to film-making have been critical to the continued success of the Fast and Furious franchise. We know his creative instincts and signature style will make Barnstorm’s partnership with Universal a strong one.”
What’s the first film Lin will be overseeing under this agreement? Why, Fast and Furious 6, of course. But also development are a spy drama titled Leading Man, the Untitled 442 Project about a World War II battalion of soldiers, and an untitled crime thriller with Robert Glickert attached to direct.