‘Saw’ Director To Take Over ‘Fast And Furious 7′

Justin Lin might not be returning for “Fast and Furious 7,” but he’s signed off on the director he’s happy to see at the movie’s helm. It’s being reported that “Insidious” director James Wan will sign a deal to helm the movie by the end of this week, and Lin has giving him a big endorsement.

“I’m extremely proud to be part of the ’Fast’ franchise, it is an experience I will always treasure,” Lin said in a statement to Deadline. “It’s time for me to move on to other things and I’m thrilled that Universal and Neal have selected James Wan to lead the franchise into its new chapter.”

Wan cut his teeth on the first “Saw” movie, and went on to direct movies like “Insidious” and the upcoming horror movie “The Conjuring” (which looks awesome, by the way). He’s currently in post-production on ““Fast and Furious 7″ will start filming over the summer in Los Angeles. It’s being reported that Jason Statham could act as the movie’s villain. Three other directors who were considered for “Fast and Furious 7″ were “2 Guns'” Baltazar Kormakur, “Kick-Ass 2’s” Jeff Wadlow and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'” Harald Zwart.

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