Popping up at CBS’ Television Critics Association panel yesterday to promote the network’s reboot of “S.W.A.T.,” filmmaker Justin Lin (“Fast Five,” “Star Trek Beyond”) offered some updates on his upcoming slate of feature film projects.
His next film is set to be an indie feature which will shoot in the Spring. He’s also continuing development on both a “Space Jam” sequel at Warner Bros. Pictures and the film adaptation of the “Hot Wheels” toy property at Legendary.
He tells Slashfilm that both studios have been very good at giving him time to develop them properly as opposed to rushing out to meet a release date. There is a push though for the “Space Jam” follow-up, led by Lebron James, to happen sooner rather than later:
“Warner Brothers has been great. I feel like it’s been very precious. Everybody at the studio’s been calling, ‘Let’s go, let’s go’ and I’m like [it’s] not right yet. To me, the challenge is we have actors who are also professional athletes, so schedule is something that is tough.
I’ve been really wanting to push that genre, but to do that you need the right amount of time. So there’s a logistical challenge but also creatively, to do a sequel twenty years later with a new cast and also to be able to, in a relevant way, bring the Looney Tunes back. That’s very important to me to do it right. I feel I’ve done nine different iterations already and we’re going to keep going, but we’re getting closer every day.
There’s one thing that I’ve learned. There are so many sports and Space Jam fans. I run into them and everybody’s volunteering to be in the movie so I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. I feel like the studio’s been great because I ask for a playground and the time to really explore and that’s what we’ve been doing this whole time.”
Lin also spoke about one project he has been previously attached to – the sequel to the Jeremy Renner-led “The Bourne Legacy”. That project is seemingly dead, but Lin is still keen to work with Renner:
“I talk to Jeremy all the time and technically, it’s still in development. I’m one of his biggest fans and I signed on because we’ve been looking for stuff to work together and we still look for stuff to work together. It was just an opportunity at that time. It was actually getting to be really exciting but I also realized that’s a whole other franchise universe. My connection to it is Jeremy and we’re finding great things to hopefully work together. We’re in touch. I love Jeremy.”
Lin, who directed four entries in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, also confirmed he is not considering a return to that film series. “S.W.A.T.” premieres November 2nd on CBS.