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Furious 7’s James Wan and franchise veteran Justin Lin pass on Fast & Furious 8’s Director’s chair

23 September 2015

Following the colossal success of Fast & Furious 7, it has come to light that there may be trouble ahead for the forthcoming sequel with word that both Justin Lin and James Wan will not return to the Director’s chair.

The Hollywood Reporter report that James Wan has opted to direct The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, with franchise veteran Justin Lin having his hands full with Star Trek Beyond.

The hunt is on for a new director is ongoing and Producer Neal H Moritz has been quick to dispel suggestions that franchise star Vin Diesel's demanding nature caused trouble with Wan on the Furious 7 set insisting "Obviously, if there was any issue, we wouldn't be making the eighth [film] with [Diesel] right now.”

Whilst Universal Pictures added "The studio and filmmakers loved working with James on Furious 7, but he was never in the mix for an eighth film due to a scheduling conflict with The Conjuring 2.

We are actively casting and searching for the right director for the next chapter of the franchise."

Diesel has hinted that the eighth instalment of the Fast & Furious series will likely take place in New York, following the globe hopping for the last high octane adventure.

Furious 7’s newcomer and baddie, Jason Statham is believed to return as Deckard Shaw.

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