James Wan used to be best known as a highly skilled horror director, and the genre loved him. Delivering some of horrors finest moments over the past decade or so, Wan has presented us with the superb horror offerings Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring. He still has The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist on his busy schedule, but recently Wan has become a worldwide household name in the action genre as well.
Horror fans were shocked when Wan said he was leaving the genre for other things, but no doubt everyone is happy he did based on the fact Fast and Furious 7, Wan’s first action film, has broken all sorts of records. Its been a huge release, and a massive ego boost for Wan who must be feeling pretty damn proud of himself.
Fast and Furious 7 proved Wan was not a one trick pony, and he could handle a huge budget and a massive scale project as effortlessly as he could a low budget, scare your pants off horror film.
Now there is talk of Wan directing the stand-alone Aquaman movie for Warners.
THR is reporting that both Warners and DC are eyeing Wan to direct the Aquaman movie, which will star Jason Momoa as the title character, and will swim into cinemas on 27th July 2018.
Wan has no offer at this stage but he is the studio’s choice and some preliminary talks have taken place.
Aquaman, the standalone, is being developed on two tracks, with Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad writing separate scripts for the project.
There is a problem with scheduling here, as Wan might return to direct Fast and Furious 8 (he initially had a two film deal with Universal before Paul Walker’s death changed the filming schedule of Fast & Furious 7, resulting in Universal letting Wan go to make The Conjuring 2). Some say he won’t be returning though.
Warner Bros. is already high on Wan and wants to continue to be in business with him. Sister company New Line last year made a first-look deal with the Australian filmmaker and his Atomic Monster label to develop movies in the horror and sci-fi genres.