Despite having directed films in both the ‘Saw’ and ‘Insidious’ franchises, it was his work in this year’s massively successful Furious 7 film that granted James Wan international recognition. The film garnered over 1.5 billion at the global box office and has received praise from critics and fans of the franchise alike, with particular praise going towards the stunts and action sequences of the film.
James Wan’s career as a film director is definitely on the come up as Warner Bros. Pictures has just announced that Wan has been chosen to helm DC’s Aquaman film. Greg Silverman (President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures) made the announcement today, releasing the following statement:
“We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,” says Silverman, “and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate. The ‘Aquaman’ film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”
Aquaman will be feature a script written by Kurt Johnstad (300, 300: Rise of An Empire). Director Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Watchmen) will also serve as producer for the film, alongside producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven, the latter of whom also released a statement regarding the hiring of James Wan.
“James is not only a great storyteller but can make action truly explode on the big screen, and Jason has a dynamic presence that commands your attention. Together, they will bring an undeniable vitality and energy to this character as he headlines his first feature film.”
The Hollywood Reporter has stated that the film “focus on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.” The film is set to be released sometime in 2018.
In other news, the outlet also reported that James Wan has also been selected as the director for the Sony’s film adaption of the classic 80’s sci-fi anime series ‘Robotech’.