Director Justin Lin Roped In For Bourne 5
Director Justin Lin Roped In For Bourne 5Facebook/Justin Lin

"Fast and Furious" director Justin Lin will be directing the upcoming film of the "Bourne" franchise after turning down the offer to direct Fast and Furious 7 owing to date issue.

Justin Lin gave his audience much to cheer about with "Fast & Furious," "Fast Five" and "Fast Six." However, earlier this year, the director confirmed that he will not be returning to direct the seventh edition of the series. Now, the latest news has it that Lin will be joining the "Bourne" franchise and will direct the fifth film of the series.

The new project is a follow-up to 2012's "The Bourne Legacy" and will continue the adventures of Aaron Cross, the character played by Jeremy Renner. Lin will join returning producer Frank Marshall as well as Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith from Captivate.

Progress of the "Bourne 5" film has been slow since September when Paul Greengrass, who directed the second and third "Bourne" films, shot down rumors that he was returning to the franchise for the next installment.

"It's a figment of someone's imagination," Greengrass said of the report. "Listen, I loved the Bourne movies. I loved making them but it's like anything in life: you've got to move on and do different things."

Meanwhile, Lin is said to have had scheduling issues with the shoot of the seventh edition of "Fast and Furious." 

"For me to say, 'Hey, guys, I've got to take a little break because I've been developing a lot of stuff' -- as a filmmaker, I'm itching to go and explore, definitely," the Taiwanese-born American film director told HuffPost Entertainment.