Is James Wan Revving Up to Direct <i>Fast &amp; Furious 7</i>?

With director Justin Lin announcing he doesn't intend to return for Fast & Furious 7, the big question became who will take the wheel to the blockbuster franchise. Latino Review recently reported that Universal Pictures was looking at potential replacements in Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid), but Deadline now contends the studio has approached James Wan.

Known mostly for directing horror movies like Saw, Insidious and the upcoming The Conjuring, Wan did say at this year's New York Comic Con that he's looking forward to moving into different genres. Fast & Furious 7 would definitely fit the bill, as the film series not only features plenty of action, but also heist elements with the most recent installment, Fast Five.

The seventh installment of The Fast and the Furious might be losing the longtime franchise director, but it will see the return of screenwriter Chris Morgan, who previously penned The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6. Series stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are also expected to reprise their roles, although there's been no word on cast members like Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson.

Here's the official synopsis for Fast & Furious 6:

Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.

Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

Fast & Furious 6 opens May 24.

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