[News] James Wan Approaching ‘Fast & Furious 7′ as a ‘Gritty ’70s Revenge Thriller’

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WARNING: FAST & FURIOUS 6 SPOILERS AHEAD!

James Wan, in general, is best known for investing his time and effort towards the task of scaring moviegoers’ collective socks off, which is why he came as a surprise choice to replace Justin Lin – who’s been behind the steering wheel for the Fast and the Furious movies since Tokyo Drift – as director for the upcoming Fast & Furious 7. The filmmaker has spoken before about the challenges of joining the underground racing-turned crime-thriller franchise in its seventh lap, which include having to find a way to top the sixth installment (in terms of emotional stakes, thematic qualities and the ludicrous, but spectacular, car driving stunts).

In a more recent interview, Wan revealed how the Fast & Furious 7 story managed to grab his attention, while providing an outline of his vision for the film (for those who do not remember: producer Neal H. Mortiz previously said that it was Wan’s pitch that convinced him and his peers that the low-budget horror filmmaker was the right man for the director’s job).

    “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.”

Fast & Furious 6 concluded with Dom (Vin Diesel) and his extended family reunited in Los Angeles, having earned an official pardon for their past crimes and misdeeds after stopping – and, in the process, killing – criminal profiteer Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Thereafter, the movie’s mid-credits scene revealed that Han’s (Sung Kang) death in Tokyo Drift was no accident, but was instead an act of retaliation from a man (Jason Statham) who is almost certainly Shaw’s brother.

Presumably, Chris Morgan’s Fast & Furious 7 script will build on that foundation, in order to continue developing the franchise’s overarching themes – concerning the contemporary definition of kinship and moral/ethical responsibilities in the 21st century – while bringing the action sequences and exotic set pieces that are part of what people love about this franchise.

Fast & Furious 7 will be released in U.S. theaters on July 11th, 2014.

culled from screenrant.com

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