Multi-talented director James Wan has already proven his prowess in both the horror and action departments - is he now about to turn his hand to superhero blockbusters, too?
According to sources close to The Hollywood Reporter, Wan is in early talks with Warner Bros. to direct DC's upcoming comic book adaptation, Aquaman:
Wan has no offer at this stage but he is the studio's choice and some preliminary talks have taken place.
Wan himself is keeping schtum about this rather exciting rumor, telling ComicBook.com that:
There's lots of talks about lots of things so who knows what is true.
That sounds suspiciously evasive to me...
You're the Wan that I want
Recently, everything the Australian filmmaker touches seems to turn into box office gold. Fresh off the back of Furious 7 ($800M worldwide and counting), Wan seems like the perfect man to bring the King of the Seven Seas to the big screen!
A master of modern cinema, Wan has shown that he can both enthral and terrify an audience, boasting an impressively varied oeuvre that's spanned low budget horror movies (Saw, The Conjuring) and astronomically ambitious popcorn flicks (Furious 7).
If Wan does end up directing Aquaman, we can surely expect...
Breathtaking action sequences
I didn't think the airplane chase sequence from Furious 6 would ever be topped until I saw this jaw-dropping scene:
Who said cars couldn't fly?
Obviously Aquaman won't be quite so gruesome as the Saw series, but the director certainly knows how to grab an audience's attention.
And mesmerizing special effects
That's everything a successful superhero movie needs, right?
The biggest potential impediment to Wan signing on is of course the next Fast & Furious movie, which seems all but confirmed after the roaring success of the latest and greatest installment. It's likely Universal will want to keep the director all to themselves and get him committed to a sequel as soon as possible.
Plus, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist may also pose further scheduling complications. We'll just have to wait and see if the Aquaman stars will align for the in-demand director.
Aquaman is scheduled to hit theaters July 27, 2018.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]