Fast and Furious 7’s ‘Difficult’ Shoot Led James Wan to Return to The Conjuring Universe

Furious 7 director James Wan explains how the action film’s difficult production led to him wanting to helm The Conjuring 2 for New Line.

Director James Wan recently explained how Furious 7‘s difficult production led to him returning to The Conjuring Universe to helm the 2016 horror sequel, The Conjuring 2.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Conjuring, Wan revealed how Paul Walker’s death during the middle of production on Furious 7 ultimately led to him deciding to return to direct The Conjuring 2. “I was in the midst of finishing Furious 7, and that movie was such a difficult, tough, challenging film to make. I just knew that I wanted to go back to something I felt very comfortable with and I was familiar with,” the director explained. “I love working with Patrick [Wilson] and Vera [Farmiga] and New Line. So, it felt like I was coming back to a familiar situation that I love and enjoy, and I wanted to tell the next chapter of my cinematic Warrens.”

Despite the tragic passing of Walker mid-shoot, Wan seemed to otherwise have a positive experience on Furious 7, which remains the highest-grossing film in The Fast Saga with $1.5 billion in box office receipts. Unfortunately, the same experience cannot be attributed to Justin Lin, who is best known for directing five films in the franchise: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and F9 (2021). He was also slated to direct 2023’s Fast X before exiting the production shortly after shooting began. While Universal claimed Lin left over creative differences, there have been multiple reports stating that the director actually left because he could no longer handle franchise star Vin Diesel’s behavior on set. Louis Leterrier ended up signing on to replace Lin as director and is currently attached to helm the upcoming eleventh Fast & Furious film.

The Fast Saga Is Reaching the Finish Line
Diesel has repeatedly stated that The Fast Saga will conclude with its upcoming eleventh installment, which will pick up immediately from the cliffhanger ending of Fast X. A spinoff film, starring Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and set between Fast X and Fast 11, is also in the works. Jason Momoa, who portrays Fast X villain Dante Reyes, is expected to reprise his role in both Fast 11 and the Hobbs spinoff film. Christina Hodson and Oren Uziel are writing the Fast 11 screenplay while longtime Fast & Furious collaborator Chris Morgan is penning the Hobbs spinoff. Fast 11 is scheduled to hit theaters on April 4, 2025.

The Conjuring Universe Continues to Expand
As for The Conjuring Universe, Warner Bros. has begun marketing the next installment — The Nun II — which is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Sept. 8. Directed by Michael Chaves, the film serves as a sequel to 2018’s The Nun. Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet and Bonnie Aarons reprise their roles from the first film, with Storm Reid and Anna Popplewell joining the cast. A fourth Conjuring film, as well as a television series, are also in development.