Universal Wants 'Insidious' Director James Wan for 'Fast & Furious 7'
by Ethan Anderton
April 11, 2013
After having Taiwanese director Justin Lin take on the last four films in the Fast & Furious franchise, including this summer's Fast & Furious 6, Universal is looking to Malaysia for their next director. Deadline has word that Insidious and Saw director James Wan is currently in negotiations to take on the sequel Fast & Furious 7, which Lin recently decided that he was not going to direct, mostly because it was being fast-tracked so quickly. This comes after the studio talked to directors Baltazar Kormakur (of the upcoming 2 Guns), Jeff Wadlow (of this summer's Kick-Ass 2) and Karate Kid remake helmer Harold Zwart. Read on!
Wan is an interesting choice considering he hasn't directed the kind of big action fans expect from the Fast & Furious franchise, but he has been a hit at the box office after making films with relatively low budgets. Insidious and Saw are his biggest successes and while one became a long-running franchise, the other has its first sequel coming later this year. In addition, his newest horror film The Conjuring looks to be quite terrifying, and that also hits this summer. But whatever discussions Universal had with Wan, they seem to be confident that he can handle this franchise, and steer it in the right direction.
As for Lin, he gave his approval to Wan saying, "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.” While some might be hoping that Lin would go back to the Terminator franchise he became attached to a little while back, he might end up taking on that remake of Highlander at Summit. But first and foremost is likely a break since he's been working non-stop for a few years now. We'll keep you posted on Lin's next project and also more developments on Fast & Furious 7 as we wait for the sixth installment next month.