Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth films before handing the reins to James Wan, and most recently, F. Gary Gray.
Jordana Brewster will also return for Fast and Furious 9 after sitting out the 8th installment, which grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide.
Fast and Furious 9 was just pushed back one year to 2020, as Universal will release a spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in 2019.
As a member of the Fast “family,” Lin represents a safe choice for Universal, which may have been looking for some stability, given the in-fighting amongst co-stars. He’s coming off the flop Star Trek Beyond, and none of his development projects (WB’s Space Jam 2, Legendary’s Hot Wheels) appear to be priorities at their respective studios.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief