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.
I would buy two tickets to that. I do also wish Lin would go to Terminator 5.
OfficialJab on Apr 11, 2013
I don't know. "The Conjuring" looked like a hit until the second full length that premiered before "Evil Dead." It seemed like it was taking a turn for the worse in the way "Insidious" did towards it's second half. I will hold judgement until I see it though. I would like Wan to continue in the genre he is in, as he's one of the few directors I look forward to there. It'd be interesting to see what he would to with this series, but I don't think i'd be interested enough to see it in theaters. He has enormous talent and potential in the horror genre, but I don't think he is fully realizing it yet, and it would be a shame if he switched gears before doing so.
Mike P. on Apr 11, 2013
this guy is good with horror genre, hope the studios know what they doing.
truong18 on Apr 11, 2013
The other guys seem like better choices. Except Harald Zwart, but he's Norwegian. So that's cool.
Nielsen700 on Apr 11, 2013
I would say give it back to Rob Cohen he directed the first one, but he did Alex Cross and we saw how that turned out.... So yeah just give it to James Wan he could do something good with it, a chance to expand his genre zones.
Fidel Reyes on Apr 11, 2013
How about they just stop making these movies because they are terrible.
ben on Apr 11, 2013
javier on Apr 11, 2013
Now that's exciting!
DavideCoppola on Apr 11, 2013
I say Peter Berg should direct next Fast & Furious, i know Battleship wasn't all that good, but he also did The Rundown, Friday Night Lights & The Kingdom! I didn't really like Hancock all that much.
comic393 on Apr 23, 2013
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