Is Universal Considering Directors Jeff Wadlow, Brad Furman, and Harald Zwart for FAST & FURIOUS 7?

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Earlier this week, Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin confirmed that he would not be returning to helm a seventh installment of the high-octane franchise.  Though the sixth entry has yet to hit theaters, star Vin Diesel has suggested that production on the next film could start shooting as early as this summer, meaning that Universal needs to find a new director ASAP.  While there are likely plenty of takers for the job, three individuals have emerged at the top contenders: Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid).  Hit the jump for more on each of the directors, as well as my pick for gig.

jeff-wadlow-fast-furious-7While it was generally assumed that Lin would return for Fast & Furious 7, the director bowed out after Universal expressed the hope that the movie would be ready for a 2014 release.  Lin, who’s probably suffering from franchise fatigue by now (he’s directed the past four installments), claimed “the rush would not result in his best work” and exited the project, leaving the studio scrambling to find a replacement.  Latino Review reported early this morning that Universal had narrowed the hunt down to the three mentioned above.

Their best bet is Wadlow, who’s finishing up Kick-Ass 2 for the studio and currently has nothing else on his plate.  Given his experience with Universal, he seems like the ideal candidate to take on the tentpole.  Wadlow’s previously directed two other full-length features: 2008′s Never Back Down and 2005′s Cry_Wolf, which he made with the $1,000,000 he won at the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival.  My favorite contender, however, is Furman, simply based on the fact that he managed to coax a good performance out of Matthew McConaughey, completely reinvigorating the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days actor’s career.  Imagine what he could do with Fast & Furious, which has already received a burst of adrenaline from the addition of Dwayne Johnson.  Finally, there’s Zwart, who’s got the most experience out of the trio.  In addition to directing Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid, he’s behind this summer’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as well (check out our interview with him here).  Zwart’s also helmed such gems as The Pink Panther 2 and Agent Cody Banks.  However, since the director may potentially be attached to a Mortal Instruments follow-up, that could knock him out of the running for Fast & Furious 7.

Who’s your favorite of the three contenders, readers?  Or do you have someone else in mind?

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  • James

    Let Vin Diesel direct it… He has some directing experience, his always involved in the process when these films get made. His short Los Bandoleros was superior to FF4. He loves the franchise and the characters. He will keep to what has been built up with the last films.

    • carrie

      nice idea

  • Nihilus

    Harald Zwart WTF?!?

  • InternetSaviour

    My choice would be David Ayer or Let Vin Diesel do it…

    • NO David Ayer

      Dude is an okay director, but none of his three films provided any kind of fun that I expect from the Fast franchise.

  • Bertie

    Christopher nolan

    • dodoriz

      Oh god, I hope not, next you’re going to suggest Tarantino.

    • Kaluha

      Material is not challenging enough for Nolan, I think. Unless he turns the heist story into INCEPTION PART 2: OUT OF THE LIMBO

      • spongefist

        I think you mean the material in FF movies is too good for Nolan. In as much as they have plots that makes sense, characters that make sense and you have an enjoyable, fun and rewarding movie going experience.

        Nolan managed that once with TDR and has failed with every other movie he has made… He should be banned from making movies after TDKR.

  • Dawson

    I’d be fine with either Wadlow or Furman. I think either one would be a great choice. But if I were forced to choose between the two, I’d probably lean toward Furman as I though he did a wonderful job on Lincoln Lawyer.

  • Logic

    Brad Furman….. Lincoln Lawyer was such a delight and well directed. The guy deserves another opportunity and I’d love to see what he could do. Lincoln Lawyer was up there among my favorite movies of 2011.

  • Rob

    Furman for sure. Lincoln Lawyer was one of best movies of 2011 and it could easily have been a TV movie in the wrong hands. He’s young and seems to have his finger on the pulse.

  • Mic

    First let’s see how Kick-Ass 2 will be but I would still say Furman because Lincoln Lawyer was just excellent

  • Marlboroliteman

    John Cameron Mitchell would be the logical choice for directing Fast 7.
     Mitchell would certainly take the Dom and Brian romance to the next level and adding Statham to the cast adds an interesting dynamic to the Dom, Brian, and Hobbs love triangle.

    • Marlboroliteman

      Rewatching Fast 5 I realized the big fight between Dom and Hobbs wasn’t just a physical fight…….for Dom it was a battle about staying loyal to Brian and his feelings for him.  That fight is a brilliant metaphor of Dom fighting off his lustful feelings for Hobbs and his tight shirt.
      Dom fought hard with Hobbs for his love of Brian who he knows gave up everything for his love of Dom.

      • Marlboroliteman

        In Fast 5 Dom let Brian win the 4 mil race they did on the fly, but Dom knows that it’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what Brian has sacrificed for Dom. Brian gave up everything to be with Dom, his career, his freedom etc.. but interestingly enough Dom is the most tortured of the two. The guilt he feels for not surrendering to Brians love is slowly crippling him and his decision making. Then in walks Hobbs with his tight shirt into Dom’s life, a point in which Dom is at his most vulnerable. Nobody has pursued Dom that fiercely since Brian. Now Dom’s conflicted because he has a deep strong love for Brian but on the other hand his lustfull feelings he has for Hobbs is like nothing he’s ever felt. It’s very powerful.

  • Logic

    “My favorite contender, however, is Furman, simply based on the fact that he managed to coax a good performance out of Matthew McConaughey, completely reinvigorating the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days actor’s career.”

    This is kind of uncalled for…. McConaughey is a fine actor in his own respect and its not like the Director brought out something unseen in McConaughey, The guy has been doing top notch work for the past two, three years and to suggest a good performance is an anomaly is all sorts of wrong. McConaughey is no Sandler/Kevin James type actor. He is a terrific actor with a lot of range and natural charisma.

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