Following his detour into action filmmaking with Furious 7, director James Wan talked about returning to the horror genre, which is exactly what he did, returning to the helm for The Conjuring 2. But just when he thought he was out of the action genre, they may have just pulled him back in — Sony is eyeing the director to take on their live-action Robotech film.
Following his detour into action on Furious 7, director James Wan is heading back to the horror genre — not that he ever really left. In addition to acting as producer on the upcoming flicks Insidious: Chapter 3 and Demonic, Wan is directing The Conjuring 2. That’s a solid slate of new projects, and Wan has just added another one to the pile: the director will reunite with the writers of The Conjuring to produce a remake of classic horror film The Entity.
In 6 days of release, Furious 7 has grossed just under half a billion dollars worldwide. James Wan directed Furious 7. Therefore, a lot of Hollywood producers are going to want James Wan to direct their movie.
Furious 7 almost certainly won’t be the last Fast & Furious movie. But at times it feels like a series finale. There are numerous callbacks and homages to the franchise’s entire 15-year history. The setpieces are bigger and crazier than ever; it’s hard to imagine anyone topping them. And before the chases really get rolling, the mood is often downright mournful. Two different scenes are set in graveyards, and characters talk about taking “one last ride” together.
We talked to Wan about what changed in Furious 7 after Paul Walker died, whether he'd return for Fast and Furious 8 and what he wants to do with The Conjuring 2.
In a few days it will finally arrive: Furious 7, the latest and biggest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. And while the death of series star Paul Walker does put a damper on some of the excitement, this is still a great time to celebrate one of Hollywood’s most reliable and inventive franchises. In 15 years, Fast & Furious has evolved from a simple B-movie about a couple of street racers to an international crime epic spanning multiple continents and dozens of characters.
Fast and Furious 7 is an emotional movie; there's no getting around that. There were few dry eyes after the screening we attended. But, if it's this emotional for people who are watching the movie, can you imagine what it must be like for the people who made the movie, and knew Paul Walker? We spoke to director James Wan who told us that it's still so hard, he has to get up and leave the theater during the film's ending.
If you didn’t tune in for tonight’s premiere of DIG on USA, then you probably missed this new extended trailer for Furious 7. No worries—our latest action-packed sneak peek of the upcoming sequel has arrived online for your viewing pleasure. Although it packs some of the footage we’ve already seen in previous trailers, this extended look includes some new stuff we haven’t seen before and offers plenty to get your motor runnin’.
The new Fast and Furious 7 trailer ends as the others have, with Vin Diesel driving a car off a skyscraper and into another while Jason Statham launches grenades at him. It’s an image that will never stop being one of the most ridiculous things we’ve ever seen and hopefully it will play just as well in context. However, this new trailer offers something that the others have not: a little perspective.
Following the debut of the first trailer for the James Wan-produced ‘Demonic,’ comes some more Wan-centric news: it was recently revealed that the director is heading back behind the camera for ‘The Conjuring 2,’ but first the script for the upcoming sequel will receive a rewrite. New Line and Wan have just brought on ‘Wrath of the Titans’ scribe David Leslie Johnson to help polish the spooky screenplay.