In a recent interview, claimed that he's approaching the movie as a "Gritty, 1970 revenge thriller".
This is what he told The Playlist:
"I really like the theme of this next one that we're going with. I can't really talk about it, but I like the theme; it's one that I really relate to. Then there's the drive of Number Seven, which was set up at the end of Number Six, which is a classic revenge story. I'm a big [genre] fan, so that's how I'm approaching [it]. I'm looking at it like a gritty, 1970s revenge thriller, but one that still fits into the Fast and Furious series."
Don't get me wrong, 1970s revenge thrillers were really good, but because it focused on the character and the story. Yeah they had their minor action scenes, but nothing awe-inspiring. But when you saw those films, you usually left convinced that it was a good story. When you left the theatre after the recent Fast & Furious movies you left saying "I can't wait for more ACTION scenes in the next film".
Well, that's what I said, anyway...
Since the 4th Fast and Furious, the franchise has been on a roll, mostly for its action scenes, and the ability to go against the laws of physics, but hey that's why we go and watch the films. They're fun and entertaining.
In order for a good "Gritty, 1970 revenge thriller" style to happen for this movie, the storytelling would have to be better, meaning developing the characters more, which will ultimately mean making the movie longer or cutting out some explosions. I for one wouldn't mind a little change. Seeing a revenge thriller, if done right, could be good for the movie, but like I said before-this franchise is known for its crazy action, for throwing in a couple of big names (The Rock) and have them do their thing.
That is what the series is now known for! Making the Fast and Furious movie more of a thriller than action will ruin it, especially for a series that is in the middle of an ACTION filled storyline. If Wan wants to make it a 1970 revenge thriller go ahead, but he shouldn't go overboard with it. He needs to be thinking of the next unforgettable action scenes and how to make it happen on the big screen. He shouldn't forget what made this franchise money. The last movie made 500 million dollars, and I'm more than sure it wasn't for the acting and 'marvelous' story telling.
I do think they should kill off more characters - like two more, but this time make it more emotional and let the gang avenge their death (including Han's death) in mind blowing action scenes. James Wan is a good director and I hope he'll realize what the fans want over what he wants. It is an action packed franchise mixed with superstars we want to see, so all I'm saying is stick to what made it so famous.
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