“Fast and the Furious” producer Neal H. Moritz is out and about promoting the sixth installment of the movie franchise, which has provided him the opportunity to clear up a few things about the seventh movie; that includes who is directing – now that Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious 3-6) has stepped aside (because he couldn’t keep up with the pacing of the project).
Development on Fast & Furious 7 began well before Fast & Furious 6 entered production, because (according to Diesel) “the amount of story and character relationship payoffs set in motion during Fast Five became too much to handle for a single movie”. Moritz re-affirmed the start date for the seventh installment surprising everyone with their decision to approach director James Wan to replace Lin on Fast & Furious 7 seeing as he is not at all the obvious choice as Wan is known for making horror fare (“Insidious”, “The Conjuring”) and extremely gruesome material (“Saw”, “Death Sentence”). That’s not exactly the sort of resume that makes a filmmaker seem like a good match for a consumer-friendly series that’s big on action set pieces and eye candy. Moritz however confirmed that Wan is directing Fast & Furious 7, adding that: “He’s a terrific, terrific director at the top, top of his genre. He’s done everything you could do in the genre he’s been working in, and as he said to me the other day, everything he has trained himself within that genre has been so he could take the next step up into something like Fast & Furious. I’ve always been a fan of his, he’s one of the people that we initially had on our list as a possible replacement, but I can just tell you when he came in and told us what his vision was, when he left the room we all looked at each other and said ‘That’s our director.’” He has also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) would be showing up in some capacity in Fast & Furious 7.
Fast & Furious 7 hits theaters on July 11th, 2014. Look out for Fast & Furious 6 in theaters come May 24th, 2013.
Culled from screenrant.com