Justin Lin passes on directing Fast & Furious 7

Justin Lin has opted to move away from the Fast & Furious series after finishing his responsibilities with Fast & Furious 6 , bringing a four-movie association to a close.

Lin took the reins for The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift , and has directed the subsequent three films in the series, but it seems that the director will not be returning for round seven.

Production is expected to begin on the next movie as soon as this summer, with Universal eyeing a summer 2014 release date for the latest in the adrenaline-soaked action franchise.

However, such a fast-track schedule is thought to have dissuaded Lin from returning, with the director unwilling to compromise his work in order to hit next year's release date.

Looks as though we'll have to make the most of his hyper-kinetic work on Fast & Furious 6 then, which opens in UK cinemas on 24 May 2013.