‘Fast Five’ Director Leaves ‘Terminator 5,’ Fast

Justin Lin departs the series to pursue Six Fast Six Furious, and James Cameron gets involved somehow.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

After Fast Five defied audience expectations and turned out to not only be good, but arguably the best installment in the whole franchise, director Justin Lin became Hollywood's hottest property since Robert Pattison's hair. He swiftly became attached to the new relaunch of the Terminator franchise, also entering its fifth film, and now – almost as swiftly – he's leaving again. Why? Because he's got to get to work on Six Fast Six Furious, which we still seriously hope is the title.

Deadline reports that Justin Lin has departed The Terminator, but hey, he may be back. Leaving under what appears to be amicable circumstances, he's willing to return if rights owner Megan Ellison is willing to wait for him to complete the film. Considering that the next Fast movie appears to be living up to its name and speeding into production, this doesn't seem unreasonable. As far as we know Terminator 5: The Terminating doesn't even have a script yet. But Ellison still needs to get her Terminator finished quickly, since rights to the franchise revert back to James Cameron in 2018.

Speaking of James Cameron, Deadline also reports that the superstar director has returned to his first big hit, albeit in a diminished capacity. The Avatar director has reportedly been "dragged" into some meetings by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. The odds of him getting involved in a more significant way seem slim, but the idea that someone's at least running ideas by the man who made Terminator great in the first place is certainly reassuring.

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