Earlier this week, we all thought Fast & Furious 7 would be directed by one of three guys: Kick-Ass 2's Jeff Wadlow, The Lincoln Lawyer's Brad Furman, and One Night at McCool's' Harald Zwart. Looks like it's going to be none of those fellas. Not even combined into a journeyman filmmaker Human Centipede.
If Deadline is to be believed, Universal is now negotiating with Saw and Insidious director James Wan to direct the film.
Wan isn't a super solid choice, but he is a very curious one. Part of Wan's challenge with Fast & Furious 7 will be putting the film together with great speed, something he definitely has experience with thanks to Saw. Perhaps he can pull it off again.
What this announcement really does is grant me permission to keep my Fast & Furious flame alive just a little longer. Wan's grittier style might not go well with the Fast & Furious franchise, but maybe that's appropriate. This is a wildly uneven series. Another jolt to the status quo might be just what it needs. If we're really lucky, Wan's entry might even introduce a new arbitrary curveball to the franchise's titling scheme.