Universal is looking to capitalize on the early summer blockbuster time slot with their upcoming sequel Fast & Furious 6. The last film, Fast Five, managed to be one of the series’ best films at the box office and it managed to do pretty well with the critics too. I believe Justin Lin‘s direction played a key part in revitalizing the idle franchise.
Almost immediately after Fast Five Mr. Lin was asked to come back for Fast & Furious 6 (which we have a new poster up above for). Now, it looks like the studio wants to kick start the seventh film into production, with a release date sometime next year possibly, instead of waiting the usual two years in between outings.
This apparently isn’t sitting well with Lin, who won’t be returning as the director for the series finale (or so we’ve been told).
According to CHUD, Universal already has a shortlist of directors in mind, none of which have much experience with high-octane car-racing films. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), Jeff Wadlow (Cry_Wolf & Kick-Ass 2) and Harald Zwart (Karate Kid remake) are in the running for the spot.
None of these names strike any sort of excitement in my mind, because not a single one of them has proven to be great action directors. I’d go with Furman if I had to pick between the three, because at least he can deliver good character work, while Wadlow’s work with Cry_Wolf continues to make me question the upcoming Kick-Ass 2. Zwart hasn’t really established himself enough for me to even comment positively or negatively.
I really wish Lin would hang around for the seventh film, especially if it is the last one. He did some great work with Fast Five and it’s looking like Fast & Furious 6 is going to follow that closely.
Who do you want to direct Fast & Furious 7? Any of the three names above or someone completely different?
Source : THR