Justin Lin Slated To Direct Sci-fi Movie ‘Hibernation’
For those unaware Justin Lin is a Taiwanese American film director whose films have grossed $1.2 billion worldwide. He is best known for his work on ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’, The Fast and the Furious franchise and the television show ‘Community’. Now, Lin has been roped in to helm ‘Hibernation’, a sci-fi thriller penned by newcomers Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Will Frank.
The plot details haven’t been revealed yet, but Perfect Storm’s Troy Craig Poon who is one of the co-producers for the movie was quoted as saying “The story is fresh, inventive and one we found immensely compelling”. Coming back to Justin Lin, his solo directorial debut Better Luck Tomorrow made a huge splash with critics and fans alike. His subsequent work, Annapolis, scored mixed reviews from critics but found an audience on DVD, selling more than 4 million copies and landing on top 10-rental lists around the country.
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His directorial outing, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was released in North American cinemas 16 June 2006. Universal credits the film (along with The Break-Up) for helping the studio stay in the black in 2006. It has grossed more than $158 million to date. After Tokyo Drift, Lin went on to do an independent film ‘Finishing the Game’, which is a comedic interpretation of the events surrounding the production of Bruce Lee’s final film, Game of Death. Lin returned to the franchise to direct the fourth in the Fast and Furious series, titled Fast & Furious which opened on April 3, 2009. On its first day of release the movie grossed $30.5 million, and peaked at the top spot of the weekend box office with $70,950,500.
He has also directed several episodes of the NBC comedy series Community, most notably the critically acclaimed episode Modern Warfare, which aired on May 6, 2010. Lin also wrote and directed a documentary, Crossover, which focused on the 70-year-old phenomenon of the Japanese American Basketball Leagues, which were established in the 1930s. For the time being Lin is helming the forthcoming film in the Fast and Furious Franchise, which is due for release in May of 2013.
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