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Director James Wan sees Fast and Furious 7 as a "gritty revenge thriller"

07.16.2013

FAST AND FURIOUS 7 (or FAST 7, or whatever the hell it ends up being called) will probably be a little different from the previous films. Nothing radically different I'm sure, but this is the first FAST AND FURIOUS film not directed by Justin Lin since 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS.

James Wan is helming the follow-up to FAST AND FURIOUS 6, and while talking to The Playlist about some of his upcoming films the director shared what elements he'll be bringing to the franchise:

I really like the theme of this next one that we're going with. I can't really talk about it, but I like the theme; it's one that I really relate to. Then there's the drive of Number Seven, which was set up at the end of Number Six, which is a classic revenge story. I'm a big [genre] fan, so that's how I'm approaching it: I'm looking at it like a gritty, '70s revenge thriller, but one that still fits into the 'Fast and Furious' series.

If you've seen Wan's DEATH SENTENCE with Kevin Bacon (very underrated) you know the director has a soft spot for the genre, and the special cameo at the end of FAST AND FURIOUS 6 will more than likely be the set-up for the "classic revenge story." In previous interviews the director has also mentioned THE FRENCH CONNECTION and DEATH WISH as sources of inspiration for FAST AND FURIOUS 7.

The films in the FAST AND FURIOUS series get bigger and louder with each installment, but I wonder if James Wan is going to make the latest film a little smaller and more intimate. That doesn't mean FAST AND FURIOUS 7 is going to be like DRIVE (although if it does happen this woman is going to be really f*cking confused), but with Wan directing I wouldn't be surprised if the over-the-top action was toned down just a little in the new film.

FAST AND FURIOUS 7 is scheduled to be released on July 11th, 2014.

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3:51PM on 07/17/2013
Has this series crossed over with Pixar's 'Cars' movies yet?
Has this series crossed over with Pixar's 'Cars' movies yet?
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6:13PM on 07/16/2013

Fast 6 was crap

I really loved fast 5, it was some really good entertainment, so i had good hope 6 would be good too, my only complaint in the lin directed movies is he sometimes goes to far with the stunts, keep it a little more believable, i' m happy someone else takes over after seeing part 6, what the hell was that all about, a worthless continuation, only good part of the movie was the last 10 seconds.
I really loved fast 5, it was some really good entertainment, so i had good hope 6 would be good too, my only complaint in the lin directed movies is he sometimes goes to far with the stunts, keep it a little more believable, i' m happy someone else takes over after seeing part 6, what the hell was that all about, a worthless continuation, only good part of the movie was the last 10 seconds.
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5:53PM on 07/16/2013
I think it would be cool to throw Lucas Black into the 7th film, since now you can actually do it without messing up the continuity of the films. I do wish Lin was finishing this series though. He gave it a lot of life in 5 and 6, feels wrong for him to not close out the films as well.
I think it would be cool to throw Lucas Black into the 7th film, since now you can actually do it without messing up the continuity of the films. I do wish Lin was finishing this series though. He gave it a lot of life in 5 and 6, feels wrong for him to not close out the films as well.
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3:36PM on 07/16/2013

French Connection you say?

Hope we go back to that era of car chases.
Hope we go back to that era of car chases.
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12:36PM on 07/16/2013

"Fast and Furious series becomes new Saw series"

Director James Wan also promises Fast and Furious 7 to have more graphic porn torture scenes than all the Saw films combined.
Director James Wan also promises Fast and Furious 7 to have more graphic porn torture scenes than all the Saw films combined.
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12:29PM on 07/16/2013

"Fast and Furious series becomes new Saw series"

Director James Wan also promises Fast and Furious 7 to have more graphic porn torture scenes than all the Saw films combined.
Director James Wan also promises Fast and Furious 7 to have more graphic porn torture scenes than all the Saw films combined.
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12:28PM on 07/16/2013

Ugh. Death Sentence sucked.

Please stop people... being better than Dead Silence is not the standard for "great"
Please stop people... being better than Dead Silence is not the standard for "great"
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11:38AM on 07/16/2013
While I'm excited to see what Wan does with this, I hope he doesn't make things too dark. I mean, Death Sentence was a great movie and all, but that kind of tone really doesn't fit for an FF film. The main reason this series has lasted seven entries is that it's just plain fun, so I'm hoping he won't forget that.
While I'm excited to see what Wan does with this, I hope he doesn't make things too dark. I mean, Death Sentence was a great movie and all, but that kind of tone really doesn't fit for an FF film. The main reason this series has lasted seven entries is that it's just plain fun, so I'm hoping he won't forget that.
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10:58AM on 07/16/2013
i cant wait til this franchise has hover cars and green anorexic alien girls in booty shorts dancing in slow mo around said hover cars. Psst, im being sarcastic.
i cant wait til this franchise has hover cars and green anorexic alien girls in booty shorts dancing in slow mo around said hover cars. Psst, im being sarcastic.
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10:54AM on 07/16/2013
I love the dig at the idiot that sued because she was confused about what kind of movie Drive was. That was so stupid! Glad these flicks might tone down the ridiculous!!!
I love the dig at the idiot that sued because she was confused about what kind of movie Drive was. That was so stupid! Glad these flicks might tone down the ridiculous!!!
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10:01AM on 07/16/2013

Extra Tidbit: Ryan Gosling

I trust Wan. After the completely ridiculous Fast 6, I'm looking for a change.
I trust Wan. After the completely ridiculous Fast 6, I'm looking for a change.
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9:53AM on 07/16/2013
"Hello Dom. I want to drive a car."
"Hello Dom. I want to drive a car."
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9:43AM on 07/16/2013

Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians...

That's how I'm hoping how the movie goes, where Statham is killing each member of Diesel's gang one by one until whoever's left can try to stop him. And Paul Walker &/or The Rock should be one of the first to die to show no one in the movie is safe.
That's how I'm hoping how the movie goes, where Statham is killing each member of Diesel's gang one by one until whoever's left can try to stop him. And Paul Walker &/or The Rock should be one of the first to die to show no one in the movie is safe.
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9:20AM on 07/16/2013

Wan

I think that James Wan is too good for that kind of blockbuster. I hope he will still make smaller movies, and horror movies.
I think that James Wan is too good for that kind of blockbuster. I hope he will still make smaller movies, and horror movies.
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9:20AM on 07/16/2013
Throwing this out there, only because I think he would be a play a good character as either a hero or villain, but I could see Thomas Jane having a role in these movies. He could play a really good special agent or cop-like role that tries to bring down the gang. Or he could easily step in as a veteran racer who Dom goes to for help....maybe a suitable replacement to Paul Walker when he hopefully retires from car racing and crime after Fast 7 *fingers crossed*
Throwing this out there, only because I think he would be a play a good character as either a hero or villain, but I could see Thomas Jane having a role in these movies. He could play a really good special agent or cop-like role that tries to bring down the gang. Or he could easily step in as a veteran racer who Dom goes to for help....maybe a suitable replacement to Paul Walker when he hopefully retires from car racing and crime after Fast 7 *fingers crossed*
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9:06AM on 07/16/2013

Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians...

That's how I'm hoping how the movie goes, where Statham is killing each member of Diesel's gang one by one until whoever's left can try to stop him. And Paul Walker &/or The Rock should be one of the first to die to show no one in the movie is safe.
That's how I'm hoping how the movie goes, where Statham is killing each member of Diesel's gang one by one until whoever's left can try to stop him. And Paul Walker &/or The Rock should be one of the first to die to show no one in the movie is safe.
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8:56AM on 07/16/2013

extra tidbit

you already said it... Kevin Bacon
you already said it... Kevin Bacon
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8:47AM on 07/16/2013
Extra tidbit: Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Nichols.
Extra tidbit: Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Nichols.
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8:44AM on 07/16/2013

Sequels can be gifts

The awesome thing about a series that had so many entries is that the characters don't need to be explained much more. Think about it, there wasn't much character development in part 6 and yet it was probably the best entry in the series. It gives the director the freedom to fully focus on the actual story. I think the seventh part will kick crazy ass with the new villain :)
The awesome thing about a series that had so many entries is that the characters don't need to be explained much more. Think about it, there wasn't much character development in part 6 and yet it was probably the best entry in the series. It gives the director the freedom to fully focus on the actual story. I think the seventh part will kick crazy ass with the new villain :)
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9:39AM on 07/16/2013
Good point, I guess that is why TV shows are so interesting. As long as they don't reboot it!
Good point, I guess that is why TV shows are so interesting. As long as they don't reboot it!
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