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Man, it seems like only three days ago that we were discussing possible directors for "Fast & Furious 7" now that "Fast & Furious 6" auteur Justin Lin has decided to bow out, with most of the speculation centering on the trio of Harald Zwart, Brad Furman and Jeff Wadlow.
But a lot can apparently change in the course of 72 hours, because according to Deadline, it turns out that James Wan is actually Universal's pick.
We sure never "Saw" that one coming!
Okay, okay, so that was a lame joke. Hey, it's what we do best. But choosing Wan, who is best known for directing horror films like "Saw" and "Insidious," is definitely a bold move considering the almost completely horror-freeness of the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Will Wan's style translate to the high octane action sensibility of "Fast & Furious?"
Lin seems to think so anyway.
"I'm extremely proud to be part of the 'Fast' franchise, it is an experience I will always treasure," Lin said. "It's time for me to move on to other things and I’m thrilled that Universal and [producer Neal H. Moritz] have selected James Wan to lead the franchise into its new chapter."
Of course, it should be noted that, technically speaking, Wan hasn't actually signed on. So they could still go nuts and end up having Clint Eastwood or Uwe Boll direct it or something. But for now, it appears that Wan is as close as you can get to a lock.
Should be interesting.