James Wan in Talks to Direct FAST & FURIOUS 7

     April 10, 2013

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We learned last week that Justin Lin, the director of the last four Fast & Furious movies, will not return to direct the seventh movie in the series after Fast & Furious 6.  This is a big franchise for Universal—the studio may shoot as early Fast Seven this summer for a 2014 release, but to do so they need a director.  Universal reportedly spoke to Baltazar Kormakur (Contraband), Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), and Harold Zwart (The Karate Kid) about the job, but Deadline expects James Wan to sign a deal by the end of the week.  Wan made his name as the director of Saw.  His last film was the surprise hit Insidious, and Wan is currently in post-production on Insidious: Chapter 2.

Hit the jump to read what Lin had to say on the choice of Wan, plus a rundown on what we know about Fast & Furious 7 so far.

Lin endorsed Wan:Fast-and-Furious-6-poster

“I’m extremely proud to be part of the Fast franchise, it is an experience I will always treasure.  It’s time for me to move on to other things and I’m thrilled that Universal and Neal have selected James Wan to lead the franchise into its new chapter.”

Wan knows how to achieve a certain slick style, but he has mostly stuck to the horror genre, including his next movie, The Conjuring.  I am curious to see how his skills translate to the over-the-top action of the Fast world.

Here is what Fast & Furious 7 looks like today:

  • Vin Diesel and Paul Walker will definitely return.
  • Deadline says Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese are still question marks, although Johnson hinted there may be a spinoff movie in the works for his character.
  • There is a notable star who is rumored to appear at the end of Fast & Furious 6 and then take on the villain role in the sequel.  Don’t click if you want to stay away from spoilers.
  • Neal Moritz will return to produce, and Chris Morgan is set to write his fifth Fast screenplay.
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  • zedsdead

    from one asian to another.

    • Diana

      Good for them!

  • Brandon Avery

    I hate thtat they’re rushing this. Really pissed. Am i wrong for feeling this way?

    • Sam

      You’re definitely not wrong in feeling that way. I hate when they rush movies to reach a deadline. But from what I’ve read so far they seem to have had a plan for these next two movies, so it may not be such a gamble. I’m surprised in hearing James Wan being in talks for this but am also very intrigued. Always excited for these films so we’ll have to just wait and see.

  • Dawson

    Crap. This is not someone I wanted to see direct it. looks like Universal went for someone cheap rather than a quality director.

    • LP

      Wan does know how to direct. He may be cheap, because he’s hasn’t done big blockbuster movies, but he’s certainly not incapable of delivering a well directed film. Before Tokyo Drift, I didn’t think that Justin Lin could do action, but he’s surely proven me wrong.

  • Hack Snyder

    Does his mommy know he’s directing this.

    • Rich woa

      Does your mommy know you are on the internet?

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  • Arnold

    Maybe Lin should step back to work on terminator 5 since he already has experience in directing cool action and he seems to know how to bring terminator franchise back to life.

  • GI

    He’s the wrong guy for this. And why would he do it?

  • Kaluha

    I am happy Lin could work on other things. I hope he would consider doing T5, or maybe a brief return to his indie roots. But Wan may be the wrong choice here. The reason why Lin is chosen because the FF series and Lin’s indie movie BETTER LUCK TOMORROW share similar story and character dynamic. As far as Wan is concerned, he has worked exclusively in the horror genre which often only requires a director to be a highly skilled technician.

    • Hiro

      Speaking of Better Luck Tomorrow, it’s the 10-year anniversary of its arrival in theaters.

  • ken

    i hope the franchise gets to number 20! i do i do i do !!!

  • Marlboroliteman

    James Wan is a capable enough director to continue the journey of Dom and Brian’s complicated relationship. I was watching Fast Five the other day and realized when Dom tried to sacrifice his life for Brian during the big heist he wasnt really doing it for Brian, but for himself. Dom was being selfish and wanting to end it all because his love for Brian and his lust for Hobbs (and his tight shirt) was just too much for him to bare. Dom now feels that Brian knows of his feelings for Hobbs and the guilt he has is devastating him. 

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