Lin has called the shots on five installments of the franchise Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and Fast & Furious 9.
According to Deadline, while creative differences are believed to have been a factor, the decision was amicable and Lin will still be a producer on the movie.
“With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of Fast X, while remaining with the project as a producer,” Lin said in a statement.
“Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases. On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history.
“I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew and studio for their support, and for welcoming me into the Fast family,” he added.
The movie’s second unit will reportedly continue its work for now, while the studio screens directing candidates.
Meanwhile, Vin Diesel, who plays Dom Toretto, recently revealed how his daughter changed the Fast X script.
“When the F10 script came in, it excluded Mia Toretto… Someone whom I’ve attributed the brotherhood of Dom and Brian to. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t see how I could continue,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Side note, you will never believe who corrected the very important role of Mia… my daughter, the Alpha Angel, who told the director very plainly and honestly ‘NO MIA NO FAST 10!’ haha.”
As well as Brewster and Diesel, other returning cast members for Fast X include Charlize Theron, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel. They’ll be joined by Brie Larson, Daniela Melchior and Jason Momoa.
Fast X remains scheduled to hit cinemas on May 19, 2023.