Fast and Furious director signs TV deal with Apple

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Lin turned Fast and the Furious into one of Hollywood's most fun franchises.
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Apple’s TV team is revving into full gear heading into 2019 as it just inked a deal with one of the hottest directors in Hollywood.

Fast and Furious director Justin Lin has reportedly signed on to create TV shows exclusively with Apple under his production company Perfect Storm Entertainment. Apple hasn’t said yet what type of shows will come out of the deal but it gives the company another big talent for its growing war chest of content.

Apple currently has dozens of TV projects in development. Everyone from Steven Spielberg to Reece Witherspoon and even Kevihasrant have signed deals to create TV shows for Apple. How those shows will be distributed still remains a mystery. Some analysts think some of the shows will be pushed out to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV owners for free.

Justin Lin is credited with reviving the Fast and Furious franchise. He directed Fast Five, Fast and Furious 6 and Star Trek: Beyond. On the TV side, Perfect Storm Entertainment created three drama series for CBS: Scorpion, S.W.A.T. and Magnum P.I. Lin directed the pilot episodes of all three of those shows.

Apple’s deal with Lin comes after Perfect Storm ended its six-year partnership with Sony Pictures TV. Lin is currently attached to a number of big movie projects like Space Jam 2, a Jason Bourne Sequel, a Hot Wheels movie and the ninth film the Fast and Furious franchise.

Most of Apple’s TV shows will reportedly be “squeaky clean” in order to appeal to wider audiences. The company has signed on to produce some mature shows, but most of its TV plans are still shrouded in mystery.