'Insidious' director James Wan in talks to helm 'Fast & Furious 7'

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Just one week after Justin Lin opted out of directing Fast & Furious 7, Universal appears to have already found his replacement. EW has confirmed the news, initially reported by Deadline, that Universal has chosen Insidious director James Wan to helm the next entry in the car-crash franchise. The studio clearly wants to get moving on the next entry quickly — rumors persist that they’re looking to crank a new Fast film out by next year.

Wan is an intriguing choice to take over the Fast saga. He’s best known as a horror director, having co-created the Saw franchise. He actually has two horror films coming out this year: The paranormal-investigation thriller The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2, the sequel to last year’s low-budget-high-grossing spooky-family. (Although it’s worth pointing out that 2007’s Death Sentence features a pretty nifty, albeit incredibly slow-moving, car action scene.) Wan seemed to wink at the Fast & Furious news with a recent tweet:

Perhaps Wan will take the franchise into supernatural territory. Elevator Pitch: Dominic Toretto comes into the possession of a white 1970 Dodge Challenger haunted by the ghost of a car smuggler (voice of Barry Newman), and has to drive the Challenger in a drag race against, like, the Devil (Giancarlo Esposito) and his motorcycle-riding minions. Title: Scare Fast Scream Furious.

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