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Universal Pictures wants director James Wan for Fast and Furious 7

Apr. 11, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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After Justin Lin officially decided not to direct FAST AND FURIOUS 7 several names surfaced as potential replacements such as Baltasar Kormakur (CONTRABAND), Jeff Wadlow (KICK-ASS 2), and Brad Furman (THE LINCOLN LAWYER). Universal has decided not to go with any of those directors and their selection is a little outside of the box.

Deadline is reporting that James Wan and Universal Pictures are in talks to bring the director on board for the seventh film in the franchise. The two sides are currently negotiating and a deal could be made by the end of the week. Wan is an interesting choice since his previous films have almost all been horror films that have small budgets but clearly Universal has noticed the success he's had with SAW and INSIDIOUS.

Although Justin Lin won't be back to direct FAST AND FURIOUS 7 he's pleased with Universal's decision to go with James Wan:

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.

The only thing we know for certain about FAST AND FURIOUS 7 is that Vin Diesel (who is also producing the film) and Paul Walker will be back but now that a director has been named and Universal wants the next film in the series to be made ASAP things could come together very quickly.

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 is in theaters May 24th, 2013 and you can check out James Wan's latest film THE CONJURING on July 19th, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: So what do you think? Is James Wan a good choice for FAST AND FURIOUS 7?
Source: Deadline

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10:24AM on 04/13/2013
Not very confident for Wan. The best thing of Lin's run with the franchise was the chemistry he built and the constant banter. I haven't seen Wan show any of the required skills for these scenes.
I was hoping for someone along the lines of Boaz Yakin.
Not very confident for Wan. The best thing of Lin's run with the franchise was the chemistry he built and the constant banter. I haven't seen Wan show any of the required skills for these scenes.
I was hoping for someone along the lines of Boaz Yakin.
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3:18PM on 04/12/2013
I don't mind the choice, it's the studio that has me worried. Chill the fuck out, Universal.
I don't mind the choice, it's the studio that has me worried. Chill the fuck out, Universal.
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12:41AM on 04/12/2013
certainly a much better choice than the previous 3 directors? watch death sentence if you don't think he qualified, it will instamtly prove you wrong!
certainly a much better choice than the previous 3 directors? watch death sentence if you don't think he qualified, it will instamtly prove you wrong!
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7:13PM on 04/11/2013

Wan

I would be very disapointed of him. Make a movie just for the money. A guy like him, with all the talent he has to make great horror movies..
I would be very disapointed of him. Make a movie just for the money. A guy like him, with all the talent he has to make great horror movies..
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6:41PM on 04/11/2013

Fast to another Sequel

alright, I think the line has been crossed on sequels here....Six is enough (double trilogy), I was impressed with #5 but I wonder if #7 is going to further made things thin....who knows?
alright, I think the line has been crossed on sequels here....Six is enough (double trilogy), I was impressed with #5 but I wonder if #7 is going to further made things thin....who knows?
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2:54PM on 04/11/2013

James Wan is a good choice?

"Saw" was a piss poor directed film, and all due to James Wan. Thanks, but no thanks. Attention Universal, you worked really hard at getting a good jump start to "The Fast and Furious" series, don't screw it by throwing in the director of "Saw".
"Saw" was a piss poor directed film, and all due to James Wan. Thanks, but no thanks. Attention Universal, you worked really hard at getting a good jump start to "The Fast and Furious" series, don't screw it by throwing in the director of "Saw".
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1:01PM on 04/11/2013

Nice choice

Wan has a great visual style and anyone whose seen the underrated "Death Sentence" knows he can shoot the hell out of an action sequence, this is a much more exciting choice than the other directors and could be very cool.
Wan has a great visual style and anyone whose seen the underrated "Death Sentence" knows he can shoot the hell out of an action sequence, this is a much more exciting choice than the other directors and could be very cool.
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2:09PM on 04/11/2013
agreed, he did a great job with death sentence, and with the cast he has in this fast 7 should be a home run
agreed, he did a great job with death sentence, and with the cast he has in this fast 7 should be a home run
11:05AM on 04/11/2013
Congratulations to the Fast & Furious franchise on making as many lack luster sequels as the Saw franchise
Congratulations to the Fast & Furious franchise on making as many lack luster sequels as the Saw franchise
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12:27PM on 04/11/2013
glad i'm not the only one who thinks that.
glad i'm not the only one who thinks that.
2:02PM on 04/11/2013
have you guys not seen fast 5 then? pure action awesomeness, if you were looking for something else you are watching the wrong franchise
have you guys not seen fast 5 then? pure action awesomeness, if you were looking for something else you are watching the wrong franchise
2:31PM on 04/11/2013
well i was looking for a good action/car chase movie, instead i got a 2nd rate michael bay film, 1 was good, 2 was okay, but since Tokyo Drift, just seems like everything else is just trying to recapture the magic of the first film, and just fails on all levels imo.
well i was looking for a good action/car chase movie, instead i got a 2nd rate michael bay film, 1 was good, 2 was okay, but since Tokyo Drift, just seems like everything else is just trying to recapture the magic of the first film, and just fails on all levels imo.
7:30PM on 04/11/2013
Yeah people defending the FF franchise like it's great makes no sense to me at all. I watched 5, shit made no sense, if you completely turn off your brain it might be passable, but it's certainly not action awesomeness unless you have VERY low expectations
Yeah people defending the FF franchise like it's great makes no sense to me at all. I watched 5, shit made no sense, if you completely turn off your brain it might be passable, but it's certainly not action awesomeness unless you have VERY low expectations
9:47PM on 04/11/2013
I'm going to venture a guess that you never actually saw any of the SAW sequels, or perhaps you are just severely jaded by what your friends and critics say about the franchise. The SAW franchise is anything but lackluster. It's not just about the blood and gore, nor is it made purely to shock people. Those are elements of it, for sure, but the bigger reason the series was so amazing was that it had such an awesome story. The traps had purpose; they were all metaphors regarding the victims.
I'm going to venture a guess that you never actually saw any of the SAW sequels, or perhaps you are just severely jaded by what your friends and critics say about the franchise. The SAW franchise is anything but lackluster. It's not just about the blood and gore, nor is it made purely to shock people. Those are elements of it, for sure, but the bigger reason the series was so amazing was that it had such an awesome story. The traps had purpose; they were all metaphors regarding the victims. The character arcs were tragic but entertaining to watch, and had some extremely surprising turns. Of course the thing that most people who have seen and followed the movies will remember for years to come, are the twists.

The plot twists in the SAW movies defined them, I think.

All of this being said, the final "movie", saw 3d, was an absolutely horrendous piece of shit that did nothing to help SAW's case as a series. It turned into everything the series shouldn't have been about. The metaphors were thin, even lacking metaphorical value at all at most points. The traps were too numerous with not enough context. The acting was some of the worst acting in the whole franchise (yes, there is some bad acting in the series, I'll admit, but "The Final Chapter" was among the worst of the worst). And the things that make SAW amazing, the stories and the character arcs... were non-existent. They pulled a last-minute twist to please wannabe "fans" of the franchise, the overall story in the film was thin as a toothpick, and... GOD.

I could go on forever. saw 3d was a terrible piece of shit and I don't think any self-respecting fan of the SAW series can say, with a clean and healthy conscience, that it was a good movie, even by SAW standards. It did everything SAW tried not to do, it ruined Jill as a character, it broke so many of its own rules, and it had the worst twist in the whole series.

Fucking terrible movie. But the series before that (SAW - SAW VI) was quite good if you gave it a chance. Generally from people who have seen the movies, they say that SAW had the best atmosphere, but SAW II was a good sequel, and SAW III was a great way to end a saga. Then you'll hear divisive opinions on whether or not the next three films were any good. A lot of people love them, and a lot of people think the lack of John Kramer and the frequent retconning of Hoffman into the plotline (and retconning in general, actually) ruined the essence of the franchise in the fourth, fifth, and sixth films. I respect all these opinions. I respect the opinions of those who say they don't like the first movie, too.

But if you have only seen one of them, or a couple of them, especially out of order, and went into them with expectations of disliking them, then your opinion is wrongly-constructed and you should be ashamed. Like, if you see the second movie, and then the fourth one, you'll say something like, "What the hell is going on? This is so convoluted and stupid. Who watches this shit?", the fact that you watched them out of order automatically voids any credibility your opinion had.
1:08PM on 04/13/2013
I would hope no one is defending the franchise, im certainly not, 1 was ok, 2 was eh, 3 sucked, 4 was back to ok, and 5 was really good, was it cheesy? yes, would stuff in that movie actually play out like that in real life? no, it did make over 600 million dollars, so im gonna say they did do something right with it
I would hope no one is defending the franchise, im certainly not, 1 was ok, 2 was eh, 3 sucked, 4 was back to ok, and 5 was really good, was it cheesy? yes, would stuff in that movie actually play out like that in real life? no, it did make over 600 million dollars, so im gonna say they did do something right with it
10:44AM on 04/11/2013
This should be interesting. Wan is exceptional at directing well paced horror films that don't rely heavily on cheap scares, of course unless it's intentional (Dead Silence). I'm sure he'll bring something unique to the table.
This should be interesting. Wan is exceptional at directing well paced horror films that don't rely heavily on cheap scares, of course unless it's intentional (Dead Silence). I'm sure he'll bring something unique to the table.
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10:29AM on 04/11/2013
Double post.
Double post.
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10:26AM on 04/11/2013
I think he proved he could handle action with Death Sentence. It'll be interesting to see if he takes it in a darker direction.
I think he proved he could handle action with Death Sentence. It'll be interesting to see if he takes it in a darker direction.
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10:17AM on 04/11/2013

Still sucks Lin isn't coming back...

...I just feel the momentum they've gained by having the same crew since Tokyo Drift might hurt Fast 7.
...I just feel the momentum they've gained by having the same crew since Tokyo Drift might hurt Fast 7.
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10:01AM on 04/11/2013

Good choice but the question is...

Will Leigh Whannell have a cameo?
Will Leigh Whannell have a cameo?
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9:47AM on 04/11/2013
A surprising choice but I like it. Maybe at one point some characters may have to dismember their body parts. Hahaha, Evil Laugh!
A surprising choice but I like it. Maybe at one point some characters may have to dismember their body parts. Hahaha, Evil Laugh!
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9:44AM on 04/11/2013

interesting

The guy knows how to pace an action flick and tell a good visual story (Death Sentence proved this). I've been a fan of his for a while (SAW got me hooked, Death Sentence was awesome, and even his bad stuff is entertaining to say the least). Interested to see on what he can do with a huge budget behind him.
The guy knows how to pace an action flick and tell a good visual story (Death Sentence proved this). I've been a fan of his for a while (SAW got me hooked, Death Sentence was awesome, and even his bad stuff is entertaining to say the least). Interested to see on what he can do with a huge budget behind him.
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