Even though James Wan stated that he was finished with the horror genre, he’s apparently changed his mind and is now heading back to direct The Conjuring 2. What was responsible for that change? We have to assume it’s at least partially related to his experience directing the next Fast & Furious movie, which has now been officially titled Furious 7. I like Wan, and I can’t imagine the pain of having one of your franchise stars die in the middle of the production. As a director, everyone on a film set looks to you as a beacon to set the pace, lead the team, and make the decisions necessary to get things done; having to rally the troops back into action to complete a movie after one of the cast’s friends – or, in keeping with the themes of the Fast movies, one of their family members – passed away in a manner eerily similar to how one might be expected to die in a Fast & Furious movie? That had to be insanely difficult.
I’m interested to see what Wan and the cast were able to do with this entry. I’m going to give Wan a pass regardless of the outcome because those circumstances were nuts, but selfishly I hope they were able to salvage the movie because I love the Fast franchise. Furious 7 continues the utterly nonsensical naming structure of this series, which seems to be a delightful bit of self-awareness that how these films know exactly what they are: ridiculous action movies that are constantly trying to outdo the last entry.
The first trailer will debut this coming Saturday, November 1st, at noon Pacific time. Here’s a new banner and the official announcement from the F&F Facebook page:
The road to FURIOUS 7 starts here.
Because of our fans, our saga has grown bigger and better with every chapter. In just 7 days, we will reveal the first trailer for our next installment – FURIOUS 7 – at The Road to Furious 7: Trailer Launch Event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles!
We want to share this moment with all of our fans around the world. For those of you not able to attend in person, you’ll be able to follow a live broadcast starting at noon Pacific on the Fast & Furious Facebook page and on E!. For those in the Los Angeles area, tickets will be available starting October 27th on the official Fast & Furious social pages.
Starting today, you can submit questions for Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Jason Statham to be answered at the live event. Go to Instagram and submit a video, asking your favorite Fast & Furious star your question while using the hashtag #AskFurious7. Or, simply write your question in the Comments section below. Your question could be answered live on-air!
For our extended FAST & FURIOUS family, we have set out to make the very best movie yet. We are excited to continue our journey together.
UPDATED: See the trailer below now!
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