Justin Lin is returning to 'Fast & Furious'

Franchise "architect" is in "advanced talks" to direct ninth and tenth installments.

Whaaaaat. Justin Lin, the director responsible for turning the Fast & Furious movies into a legit international blockbuster mega-franchise, is reportedly ready to return to helm the ninth and tenth films in the series.

Justin Lin to Return for Next Two 'Fast & Furious' Films, Says Vin Diesel

This week during a Facebook Live broadcast from the set of Fast 9, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that he was working with Lin. Describing him as the "architect" of the auto action series, Diesel announced that the director, along with star Jordana Brewster, will be returning for what will likely be the final two installments.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Lin is in "advanced talks" to get back in the director's chair.

Lin directed four straight films in the series -- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 -- and is widely credited with reviving the franchise. He departed from the series to direct Star Trek: Beyond and produce a truckload of TV projects. But it looks like that was just a break.

Can Justin bring the Fast family back together? While the latest film, The Fate of the Furious, was a huge hit at the box office, many fans felt the fatigue of a series running out of gas. In addition, the franchise has been recently mired with ongoing behind-the-scenes drama between its stars.

Then again, back in 2001, who the hell would have thought that we'd be seriously talking about a ninth and tenth installment of The Fast and the Furious? Somehow this ridiculous but ridiculously fun movie series has endured. At this point, if there's anyone who's fit to bring the series home, it's Justin Lin.

Question: is there any conceivable way to bring Han back from the dead?

Fast 9 is set to hit theaters on April 10, 2020.

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