WARNING: FAST & FURIOUS 6 SPOILERS AHEAD!
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).
Here is what he told The Playlist:
“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.
You can better imagine how the "classic revenge story" in Fast & Furious 7 would appeal to Wan, after his previous work on the film Death Sentence. That tale of a father-turned vigilante (Kevin Bacon) is a throwback to 1970s cinema - Charles Bronson's original Death Wish movie being the obvious example for comparison - and it sounds like Wan recognizes there are parallels between the issues he dealt with in Death Sentence and those in the seventh Fast & Furious movie.
To quote the filmmaker directly:
"I'm a big [genre] fan, so that's how I'm approaching ['Fast & Furious 7']: I'm looking at it like a gritty, '70s revenge thriller, but one that still fits into the 'Fast and Furious' series."
Diesel has confirmed that Fast & Furious 7 will partly take place in the City of Angels, which is a fitting setting for a gritty '70s homage that still feels like a proper Fast & Furious movie. Indeed, the seventh installment looks to bring things full-circle story-wise and thematically by re-embracing the neo-Noir aspect from the very first Fast and the Furious installment (back in 2001) - and, therefore, giving closure to the characters by giving their longtime personal journeys a satisfying payoff.
... Well, okay, until either Fast & Furious 8 or the reboot anyway...
Fast & Furious 6 is expected to become available on DVD and Blu-ray by Fall 2013.
Fast & Furious 7 will be released in U.S. theaters on July 11th, 2014.
Source: The Playlist