'Fast Five' helmer to develop tentpole, mainstream fare for global auds

Justin Lin has signed a two-year production deal between Universal Pictures and his newly formed shingle Barnstorm Pictures.

Lin and the studio are coming off the recent B.O. hit “Fast Five,” which grossed more than $600 million worldwide.

Lin will focus on developing elevated tentpole and distinctive mainstream fare for global audiences. Projects currently being developed under the banner include “Fast Six”; the spy drama “Leading Man”; the “Untitled 442 project” about a WWII Japanese American battalion that’s the most decorated unit in American history; and an untitled sci-fi/crime thriller project to be directed by Robert Glickert.

“Justin’s vision and unique approach to filmmaking have been critical to the continued success of the Fast and Furious franchise,” said Jeff Kirschenbaum, co-president of Production for U. “We know his creative instincts and signature style will make Barnstorm’s partnership with Universal a strong one.”

Lin, who’s repped by CAA, is currently developing “Fast 6″ which is set to bow on May 24, 2013.

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