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[FILM] Justin Lin Signed to Direct "The Fast & the Furious 3"

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  • madchinaman
    JUSTIN LIN SIGNED TO DIRECT LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 3 CONTACT: Paul Pflug, +1-818-777-0020, paul.pflug@nbcuni.com Amy Pfister,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 12, 2005
      JUSTIN LIN SIGNED TO DIRECT LATEST INSTALLMENT OF 'THE FAST AND THE
      FURIOUS 3'
      CONTACT: Paul Pflug, +1-818-777-0020, paul.pflug@...
      Amy Pfister, +1-818-777-9413, amy.pfsiter@...
      Web site: http://www.universalstudios.com/
      SOURCE Universal Pictures http://www.prnewswire.com


      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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      by Vivendi Universal.
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