James Wan directed the small budget horror film Insidious: Chapter 2 to a record breaking $41M September opening last weekend, but that’s not even his best effort this year. The Conjuring opened to $41.5M back in July. What’s up next for him? He’s leaving horror and taking on the next installment in the big budget blockbuster franchise Fast & Furious 7.
Obviously, with the success of Insidious: Chapter 2 over the weekend, Insidious: Chapter 3 is already in the works. Deadline reports that Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2 screenwriter Leigh Whannell will return to write the third installment. Colin was not a fan of Insidious: Chapter 2, as he pointed out in his review that director James Wan “didn’t seem to have his entire heart in it”. Maybe Colin was onto something. Wan won’t be the director for Chapter 3, and he says he’s leaving the horror genre for good.
Wan recently spoke in a interview with Moviefone about being done with horror. The director, who has had massive success in the horror genre with Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, and Insidious: Chapter 2 says that he is leaving the horror genre behind because he always wanted to make big blockbusters.
“I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre. “Conjuring” and “Insidious 2″ are my two last scary movies.”“I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It’s time for a change, for goodness sake!”“That applies to anything. Hollywood puts you in a box. If you do a successful comedy, then you’re know as The Comedy Guy. If you do a successful car chase movie, then you become that guy. So I’m a student of cinema, so I just want to make sure I get the chance to make other kinds of films.”
He will have his chance, as Wan is currently beginning production on Fast & Furious 7 as we speak.
Speaking of coming full circle, according to Deadline Lucas Black, who you might remember as the star of Tokyo Drift, has signed on to star in Fast & Furious 7, 8, and 9. He can most recently be seen in the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. This is pretty good news for fans of the franchise because all the movies seem to tie in together, but Black was always missing from this equation. It will be nice to let the guy get his due, as the franchise is known for reviving characters, and careers for that matter.
Now, I’m excited to see if Wan can do what he did really well in horror by building a lot of tension and suspense in the action genre.