ByAlexandra Ekstein-Kon, writer at
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After his rousing success with 2016's Conjuring 2, James Wan continues to prove that the roll he's on is never-ending. The acclaimed Australian director has consistently wowed audiences since his debut on the horror scene with in 2004 and he has gone from strength to strength since, directing anything from the first and second Conjuring and Insidious movies to most recently stepping out of the genre to direct the much loved . He's even going for the gold in the superhero genre, where he will direct Warner Bros.' Aquaman. In short, the man is unstoppable — but who would want to stop him anyhow?!

If you already loved his productions, you’ll be dying to know which next films are coming out. Unless you’re a die-hard fan, you might not know what upcoming James Wan productions there are coming up and what he’s up to in 2017. So, to help keep you on top of this talented guy‘s anticipated new movie releases, we've made a handy list of his next films. From Annabelle: Creation to Mortal Kombat, the latest flicks from James Wan should get fans excited.

1. Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle, the creepiest doll ever? [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Annabelle, the creepiest doll ever? [Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Release date: August 11, 2017
  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Cast: Miranda Otto, Philippa Coulthard, Stephanie Sigman
  • Producer: James Wan

You all know , right? The insanely creepy killer doll whose sinister nature is only rivaled by Chucky took theaters by storm in 2015, so it's no surprise filming for a sequel is already underway.

James Wan will act as producer, with Lights Out's David F. Sandberg directing. This time around, Annabelle will target a nun and several orphan girls who come to stay with a bereaved doll-maker and his wife in their home.

2. Saw: Legacy

  • Release date: Oct 27, 2017
  • Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
  • Cast: Laura Vandervoort, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie
  • Executive Producer: James Wan

Although little is known about the plot of the eighth installment to the franchise, there's been a fair amount of speculation. Check out some of the best plot ideas so far, in addition to some killer fan-made poster art!

3. Insidious: Chapter 4

  • Release date: Jan 5, 2018
  • Director: Adam Robitel
  • Cast: Jerrika Hinton, Javier Botet, Josh Stewart
  • Producer: James Wan

Another highly successful Wan project, is coming back again for its fourth installment. James Wan will act as producer, and — after the recent release of the trailer — we know Insidious 4 will take up where the last film left off, as an unknown entity wreaks havoc on Elise Rainier and her family in their New Mexico home. Chapter 3 writer Leigh Whannell will be penning the script. To get a more in-depth look at the first trailer head to our article.

4. The Nun

The Conjuring 2's nun is getting her own film. [Credit: Warner Bros.]
The Conjuring 2's nun is getting her own film. [Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Release date: July 13, 2018
  • Director: Corin Hardy
  • Cast: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons
  • Producer: James Wan

Set to be a spin-off featuring the terrifyingly deranged nun from The Conjuring 2, will most likely explore her origin within the Conjuring universe. With James Wan set to produce, and David Leslie Johnson (Orphan) on board to pen the script, I think we'll be in for a treat with this one.

As you can see, James Wan looks like he has no intention of relenting in his tireless taking by storm of the movie industry. Moving seamlessly from horror movies to adventure TV to the superhero genre, it's clear he has every intention of making his mark on cinematic history — and I have to say, I think he'll get what he wants.

5. Aquaman

Aquaman will unite the seven! [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Aquaman will unite the seven! [Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Release date: December 21, 2018
  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman

Hells to the yeah! James Wan will be sitting in the director's chair to unite the seven in Warner Bros./DC's production of . So far the plot is unknown, but it's been reported that it will not be an origin story, instead taking place after the events of Justice League Part One. Game of Thrones hunk will star as the titular character, with Amber Heard set to play Mera, Queen of the Sea and Aquaman's wife. David Leslie Johnson — who will also be working on The Nun with Wan — is set to pen the script.

Since DC's controversial attempts to rival Marvel's superhero movies have so far drawn up short (looking at you, Batman v Superman), hopes are high that Wan will steer the DCEU into successful waters with Aquaman; and judging by his box office track record, they've made a wise choice.

6. Mortal Kombat

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Simon McQuoid
  • Cast: TBA
  • Producer: James Wan

Mortal Kombat is getting the reboot it sorely deserves, and who better to produce it than James Wan? Although we still know woefully little about the project, a plot summary was released by The Tracking Board, who got the exclusive scoop. The new will center around:

... a seemingly harmless guy who realizes his potential when he finds himself caught in the middle of a cross-dimensional battle between the warriors of Earth and the monsters of Outworld. Now, in order to stop the world from total destruction, he must win the martial arts tournament known as Mortal Kombat.

Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and Dave Callaham (The Expendables) will be writing the script. Described by New Line Cinema as “a departure from the mythology,” with “darker, brutally real martial arts,” here's hoping we get a thrilling ride that will have us all screaming "Finish him!" at the screen come release time.

7. Untitled Resident Evil Reboot

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA


Which upcoming James Wan project are you most looking forward to seeing?

(Sources: The Tracking Board, IMDb)


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