[FILM] Justin Lin Signed to Direct "The Fast & the Furious 3"
- JUSTIN LIN SIGNED TO DIRECT LATEST INSTALLMENT OF 'THE FAST AND THE
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed young
filmmaker Justin Lin -- who made a splash with the 2002 independent
feature and Sundance hit "Better Luck Tomorrow" -- has been signed
to direct the latest installment in the motion picture series built
on speed: "The Fast and the Furious 3" (tentative title). The
Universal Pictures release will be produced by Neal H. Moritz, who
served in the same capacity on both global blockbuster hits "The
Fast and the Furious" and "2 Fast 2 Furious." "The Fast and the
Furious 3" is written by Chris Morgan ("Cellular"), who places the
third entry in Tokyo: in this adrenalized new story, set in the
sexy, underground world of Japanese drift racing, the newest and
fastest customized rides go head-to-head on some of the most
perilous courses ever seen. Plans call for the film to begin
production in the Fall of 2005.
The original film and its follow-up reached box office heights in
theaters around the globe, with "The Fast and the Furious" earning
$207,409,603 in cumulative worldwide box office and "2 Fast 2
Furious" outscoring the original, taking in $236,222,077 worldwide.
Together, both DVD titles have sold more than 20 million units.
"The Fast and the Furious 3" follows the story of Shaun Boswell, who
has always been an outsider. A loner at school, his only connection
to the indifferent world around him is through illegal street
racing -- which has made him particularly unpopular with the local
authorities. To avoid jail time, Shaun is sent out of the country to
live with his uncle in the military, in a cramped apartment in a low-
rent section of Tokyo.
In the land that gave birth to the majority of modified racers on
the road, the simple street race has been replaced by the ultimate
pedal-to-the-metal, gravity-defying automotive challenge ... drift
racing, a deadly combination of brutal speed on heart stopping
courses of hairpin turns and switchbacks.
For his first unsuccessful foray in drift racing, Shaun unknowingly
takes on D.K., the "Drift King," with ties to the Yakuza, the
Japanese crime machine. The only way he can pay off the debt of his
loss is to venture into the deadly realm of the Tokyo underworld,
where the stakes are life and death.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Justin Lin grew up in Orange County,
California, and graduated with a degree in film from UCLA. His
distinctive viewpoint gives voice to the Asian-American experience,
and his versatility as a film craftsman has allowed him to serve in
numerous capacities simultaneously on his films.
His reputation as an up-and-coming filmmaker of note was cemented
with the 2002 feature "Better Luck Tomorrow," which he directed, co-
wrote, produced (along with Julie Asato and Ernesto Foronda) and
edited; the film, about a group of over-achieving Asian-American
high school seniors who venture into crime, received a Grand Jury
Prize nomination at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and he (along
with co-writer/producer Ernesto Foronda, co-writer Fabian Marquez
and producer Julie Asato) was nominated for a John Cassavetes Award
at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards.
Lin is also attached to direct "Strangers," which Vertigo
Entertainment is producing at Focus, as well as the Vertigo
Entertainment/Universal Pictures' film "Old Boy," a remake of a
Korean-language action/thriller. He is currently in post-production
on the Touchstone feature "Annapolis," starring James Franco, Tyrese
Gibson and Jordana Brewster, which is scheduled for a fall release.
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