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CinemaCon to honor ‘Fast & Furious’ director in Vegas

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Filmmaker Justin Lin, who helped steer the "Fast and Furious" franchise past the $1 billion mark, will receive "Director of the Year" honors at next week's CinemaCon show in Las Vegas.

The award comes before the release of Lin's "Fast & Furious 6," which reunites the director with stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Lin has helmed the action series since its third installment, 2006's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." His film credits also include "Fast Five," "Fast & Furious" and "Annapolis."

The "Director of the Year" honor will be presented at CinemaCon's Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 18 at Caesars Palace.

While Lin has been instrumental in guiding the "Fast & Furious" films to new box office heights, he may not return to direct the franchise's seventh installment.

Hollywood trades reported last week that the director would not meet Universal Pictures' demands to film a sequel in time for summer 2014.

It remains to be seen whether the two will come to an agreement or if the studio will go with a fresh face.

The first two "Fast & Furious" installments were helmed by Rob Cohen and John Singleton, respectively.

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