Instead, Wan was slyly referencing the rumors that Universal Studios has him at or near the top of a short list of directors ready to step in and helm the next chapter in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Justin Lin, who has handled the last four Fast films, announced earlier that he would not be back for the expected Part 7 (citing the tight turnaround of the production schedule), meaning Universal would have to find a replacement … and fast (no pun intended).
Deadline broke the news. Wan’s tweet seemed to confirm it, though he could playfully be shooting it down at the same time. Until something is confirmed, we’re left to speculate: Would Wan be the right choice for a high-octane franchise like Fast?
He certainly wouldn't be the expected choice. Wan specializes in horror stories, having created and helmed the Saw series before moving on to Insidious and The Conjuring. If anything on his resume suggests a penchant for hard-hitting action, you could point to the 2007 vengeange pic Death Sentence he made with Kevin Bacon. But this would be a new road for him. Perhaps that’s what inspired his decision?
While nothing has been confirmed, current Fast director Lin has gone on record to endorse Wan, saying, "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."
Tell us, do you like the choice? Would Wan’s hiring make you more or less excited for the seventh Fast movie? Share your thoughts with us below!