James Wan Talks ‘Fast & Furious 7′; Currently Planning Action Sequences

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Fast and Furious 6 Car Chase James Wan Talks Fast & Furious 7; Currently Planning Action Sequences

Last month’s release Fast & Furious 6 has already become the highest-grossing installment in the vehicular crime-thriller franchise – with a global box office take of $640 million (and counting) – and it boasts the biggest set pieces of any Fast & Furious movie to date, including the climactic battle between fast cars and a cargo airplane (zooming down the longest runaway ever built, apparently). So, the question is: how does one even attempt to top that, in Fast & Furious 7?

That’s the challenge that James Wan is facing, since he’s assuming the directorial responsibilities from Justin Lin (who put together the previous four Fast & Furious movies). No surprise, with a Summer 2014 release date hanging over his head, Wan is focusing his efforts on mapping out the physics-defying vehicle stunts and sequences for this (possibly final) lap around the figurative race track.

Here’s the status update on Fast & Furious 7, from Wan’s interview with EW:

“I’m in the pre-production stage right now. I’m in the process of designing my action sequences, working on ideas, and fleshing out things that we want to do with the characters. That’s been really fun.”

Wan is a talented filmmaker who comes from a horror genre background, which makes him a left-field choice to tackle Fast & Furious 7. He’s not exactly someone who’s at home making big-budget fare either – his last movie, Insidious, cost $1.5 million to produce – but Wan is energetic and focused, as evidenced by the fact that he’ll release the inspired by real-events ghost story The Conjuring and then the sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 just a couple months apart this year. Moreover, Universal heads have suggest that Wan has an inspired vision for the seventh Fast & Furious installment, and Lin has likewise given his blessing of approval.

James Wan The Conjuring James Wan Talks Fast & Furious 7; Currently Planning Action Sequences

Of course, the Fast & Furious 7 story was designed long before Wan came aboard to direct. In fact, eighteen months have passed since actor Vin Diesel – who plays Dominic Toretto in the franchise – first indicated that F&F7 has already begun early development. Wan confessed to EW that he very much feels like the unexpected arrival, who just stumbled onto a party that was already well under-way:

“Okay, this is how I’ve been describing it: It is like being invited to a Thanksgiving dinner and the whole family’s at the dinner [table], already carving the turkey. And I walk in through the door and everyone stops and looks at me. And I’m standing there awkwardly going, ‘Hi! I’m here! Oh, that’s my seat? Okay, I’ll come and join the table.’

“The other analogy that I use is that it’s like coming in and playing another person’s saved game. I know the characters, I know the stories, but now it’s up to me to pick it up from where it was left off and take it in a different direction — but a direction that has kind of been laid out, if that makes sense.”

Fast & Furious 7 is still zooming along at a reckless pace (more car puns!), but – much like Wan insinuated – the project isn’t starting from scratch, so much as the cast and producers are waiting on the new director to get settled in mid-flight. So long as everyone involved remembers the key ingredients – which have allowed this franchise to continue thriving creatively and entertaining audiences - then, Fast & Furious 7 should turn out decent (at the least).







Lastly, as for whether or not Jason Statham will return as the vengeful antagonist – the (presumed) brother to the recently-deceased Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) – who was introduced in the Fast & Furious 6 mid-credits sequence, Wan simply said:



Fast & Furious 6 is now playing in theaters.

Fast & Furious 7 opens in U.S. theaters on July 11th, 2014.

Source: EW

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  1. Fast Five was great, Fast 6 was great too but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as it’s predecessor. I hope they end this franchise after this film.

  2. Fast & Furious 7 will be a crossover with Insidious: Car race in astral dimension!

    • The Fast and the Insidious

      • Your comment deserves an Oscar lmao The Fast and the Insidious, DiCaprio is gonna be in suicide watch after finding out that a comment on screenrant won an oscar before he did lol

      • Whoa. I should have thought of that joke first.

  3. Fast Five and Furious Six were enjoyable. They saved the franchise for me.

    I wish Justin Lin was still part of the formula because of his experience in the franchise and his ever constant realization of his vision.
    James Wan I hope can bring a new feel on the characters- which ironically was the major focus of Lin’s first venture in the franchise- while his action is still entertaining and capable of “wowing” audiences.

    Although, with everything set-up prior to his arrival I am not sure of this is good or bad.
    One hand it seems good and the formula would be there, but the other hand makes it seem that Wan would not bring much into it either as he is late in the game so to speak.

    I am not sure what to think of anything yet.

  4. Does anyone think Shawn from Tokyo Drift will play a part in F&F 7?

    • I like what you said

  5. I’m not sure how the new director will affect the franchise, but I don’t have high hopes for it excelling the previous films (should be better than part 2 though). I hope they end it after part 7 though or else these guys will be racing their golf carts soon.

  6. Fast 14 : the wild wheelchair race

  7. The F and F franchise is one of my favorites of all time. My favorite movie of the franchise is Fast Five. It resurrected the franchise. It’s going to be a shame if the Rock isn’t in it. I’ll still watch it though if he isn’t.

  8. eNcoUraging news floating with rumors, neverteheless excitement is in the air, how the stalwarts will come head onn,an yeah as am keen to see Lucas Black/Shawn back too, wud be great.Hoping for the unxpected…Cheers untl then ! :)

  9. All of the F&F are my favorite movies ever and on the one hand I’m a bit scared of the thought that the director has been switched, but on the other, if we look at both 1st and the 2nd movie, there were also two different directors and the movies weren’t bad at all. So I think there is nothing to worry about and I just can’t wait untill the 7th movie comes out!

  10. I agree with u all fast and furious are good and i love them all and can watch them over and over and cant wait to see fast and furious 7 going to be and i hope they makwe a few more after that too and they need to get the dvd out faster so i can go buy it to watch it more i have already seen it three times