James Wan Will Take Over Fast and Furious 7

James Wan

If Universal has their way, “Insidious” director James Wan will be their replacement director on “Fast and Furious 7″, a film that the studio is hot to get under way for a 2014 release date after “Fast and Furious 6″ director Justin Lin informed them that he’d rather be doing something else with his time.

Wan apparently came up on top of a short list of directors that the studio was considering as possible replacements, including Baltazar Kormakur (“Contraband”), Jeff Wadlow (“Kick-Ass 2″) and Harold Zwart (“The Karate Kid”).

Justin Lin, meanwhile, approves, releasing this statement:

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.

It certainly sounds like it’s a done deal, at least according to Lin.

It’s interesting that of all those guys mentioned above, Wan is the one who got the gig. Straight big-budget action movie is not exactly in his wheelhouse. He started with 2004’s “Saw”, then moved to moderately budgeted thrillers like “Death Sentence” and “Dead Silence”, before really striking gold with the low-budget “Insidious”, and now has “The Conjuring” on tap, as well as a sequel to “Insidious”.

Helming “Fast and Furious 7″ would be a major step up in weight class for Wan. Then again, Justin Lin only had the low-budget “Better Luck Tomorrow” and the boxing drama “Annapolis” on his resume before he took over the franchise with “Tokyo Drift”, so maybe it’s not really that hard after all.

Via : Deadline