'The Conjuring' & 'Insidious' Director James Wan is Done with Horror
Audiences clearly were excited for Insidious: Chapter 2 after the film took the top spot at the box office with just over $41 million, the best September opening in box office history. But those audiences hopefully enjoyed the horror sequel from director James Wan, because the filmmaker who also delivered horror gems like the first Saw and The Conjuring says that he's done with the genre. In a recent interview with Moviefone, the director who is currently busy with Fast & Furious 7 said, "I'm going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre. Conjuring and Insidious 2 are my two last scary movies." More below!
Now that doesn't necessarily mean that some horror script won't catch Wan's attention some years down the road, but the filmmaker says, "I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It's time for a change, for goodness sake!" Moviefone followed up asking if Wan felt that he was stuck in horror, and he says:
"That applies to anything. 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."
There are plenty of directors who have gotten pigeonholed into a certain genre after finding success. Tim Burton mostly makes gothic horror adventures or comedies, Michael Bay loves explosion-riddled action films and Uwe Boll makes films that no one wants to see. However, in this case, people don't seem to be sick of Wan's unique horror tales yet. This makes us wonder who will step up to direct The Conjuring sequel in development and the presumed Insidious: Chapter 3 which is set up at the end of the second film. Maybe since Wan took over action from Justin Lin, the latter director can move to horror. We'll see. Thoughts?