The tenth instalment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise has hit a major snag.

In a statement posted to the franchise’s official Twitter account, Justin Lin announced he was stepping down as director of “Fast X” only days after production had started.

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“With the support of Universal, I have made the difficult decision to step back as director of FAST X, while remaining with the project as a producer,” he said.

“Over 10 years and five films, we have been able to shoot the best actors, the best stunts, and the best damn car chases,” Lin continued. “On a personal note, as the child of Asian immigrants, I am proud of helping to build the most diverse franchise in movie history. I will forever be grateful to the amazing cast, crew and studio for their support, and for welcoming me into the FAST family.”

According to Deadline, Lin’s decision is due to creative differences, though the parting appears amicable.

Production has been paused briefly as executives and producers search for a new director, and the film’s May 19, 2023, release date is not expected to be affected.

Lin joined the franchise with its third entry, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”, which introduced the popular character Han, played by Sung Kang. He went on to helm the fourth, fifth, and sixth instalments, then returned to direct “F9”.

The director was also expected to helm an eleventh and final film in the franchise, planned for release February 2024.

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On Twitter, fans expressed their disappointment over Lin stepping away after becoming one of the architects of the beloved franchise.