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Last week, current 'Fast and the Furious' franchise helmer Justin Lin would not be directing the next installment of the series. This of course proved problematic for Universal, as their plan is to get the seventh film into theaters by next summer. It was clear they would have to find a replacement fast. Lo and behold, in just a few days time, it looks like they have done exactly that. The studio is in negotiations with James Wan ('Saw,' 'Insidious') to take over behind the camera. Landing this gig might just be the perfect cap on Wan's outstanding year. He has two films hitting theaters in 2013: 'The Conjuring' and 'Insidious 2.' The deal has not been finalized, but sources expect Wan to officially secure the job by week's end.
James Wan? I can't say I saw this coming at all. Wan is a director who is far more well-known for horror than he is for action. In fact, the closest the guy has ever come to helming an action film was the 2007 crime thriller 'Death Sentence.' That being said, sometimes crossovers, as unlikely as they may be, can be a kick-start to a filmmaker's creativity. Look at someone like David Gordon-Green. Green was making a career out of directing indie dramas, and then he randomly crossed over to studio comedy and made the outstanding 'Pineapple Express.' Granted, his subsequent studio comedy efforts were less than impressive, but the fact remains that flexing one's artistic muscles every once in a while can yield fantastic results. I really like Wan as a director, and what keeps me positive about his directing 'Fast 7' is that he's a guy who loves action movies just as much as horror. How do I know? How about the fact that the entire central conceit of 'Saw' is taken from the final scene in 'Mad Max?'
What do you guys think? Is James Wan a suitable choice for 'Fast & Furious 7?' If you don't think so, who would you have hired?