Thanks to “Fast and Furious” and really “Fast Five”, the Fast and Furious franchise is stronger than ever, both commercially and critically. “Fast and Furious 6” is about to hit theaters with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and a host of others returning. “Fast and Furious 7” has already been green lit with Jason Statham rumored to play the villain. But the man responsible for much of the increase in quality, director Justin Lin, has opted out of the seventh film. No word on a replacement, but with the sequel set to film later this year, expect Universal to move very fast (no pun intended).

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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