Speaking to Moviefone, Wan explained that “I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It’s time for a change, for goodness sake! 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.”
Wan broke onto the horror scene with Saw back in 2004 but chose not to return for a second film. “I never did any of the Saw sequels, because I felt that, the story that I wanted to tell with the Saw film, I’d already told it and I didn’t want to repeat myself. Whereas, I did Insidious: Chapter 2 because I felt I never finished that story. In a lot of ways, I see the two films as one big movie. When I made the first one, it was like “Oh, I ran out of money and I’ll just finish it here.’ And then that became Insidious 1 and then I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll get the checks and then finish the rest.'”
Wan has signed on to direct Fast & Furious 7, but this annoucement confirms that he’s leaving the horror genre behind, at least for the forseeable future.