Warner Bros. Wants 'Furious 7' Director James Wan for 'Aquaman'

April 10, 2015
Source: THR

James Wan

There's no doubt that Furious 7 was a hit around the world last weekend, and it's likely to take the top box office spot again this weekend too. And that means director James Wan is now a hot commodity in Hollywood, and now THR reports Warner Bros. is eager to snag him from Universal and get him behind the camera for Aquaman. There's no offer on the table yet, but Wan is the studio's top choice to direct the first big screen iteration of the aquatic superhero, and they're already had some early talks about the project. However, Universal holds an option to bring Wan back to direct Fast & Furious 8 if they were so inclined.

Warner Bros. certainly seems keen on getting an early start on Aquaman even though the film isn't set for release until July 27th, 2018, so is there a chance they could be looking to bump up the release? We're not sure, but they already have Jason Momoa in place as Aquaman, and we've already gotten a glimpse at how he looks as the hero, so the studio isn't wasting anytime getting things in order. But they're still waiting for Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad's two separate scripts for the film to figure out which one they're going to use in the end. Don't forget that we'll see Aquaman in Justice League: Part I before he gets his own movie too.

In the meantime, Wan is getting ready to shoot The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist this fall. If he were to take the Aquaman gig, it sounds like the studio merely wants to get the movie as prepared as possible, especially considering it will be one of their tentpoles in the DC Comics cinematic universe. As for Wan's potential getting back with Universal for Fast & Furious 8, they studio isn't rushing to get a sequel off the ground, and they have to renegotiate some deals for the principal cast to return for anymore sequels, so while they'll definitely continue the franchise, it just won't be fast-tracked. Stay tuned for updates.

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  • Jon Odishaw
    uhhhhh yes please
    • Rock n Rollllll
      You think this is wise? I dont know with a resume' mostly consisting of just horror. Even though i have not watched Insidious or The Conjuring, i still cant find myself to watch horror movies today cause they mostly seem to not have much creativity or ingenious behind them, plus in my opinion, anyone can make a horror movie. Why do you think, "yes" on this?
      • Jon Odishaw
        the conjuring is one of my favourite movies. I recommend it. I think yes precisely because his resume was only horror movies and then they said "hey James, can you come make a fast and furious movie?" and he said yes and then made the best fast and furious movie. The guy knows how to make a film.
        • DAVIDPD
          I agree Jon. He is a talented director. I think he could make a great AQUAMAN film. I mean FAST AND FURIOUS 7 was basically a low powered super hero movie in itself.
          • Tuan Nguyen
            Furious 7 is pure action film and well crafted by Director and everyone else. A big surprise is it pulled in $1.5 Billions world wide. It costed $190 millions to make. Look at James Wan resume, he made ton of money for Studio because his movies budget were usually low (1 - 20 millions) except Furious 7; but most of his movies brought in at least $100 millions for the studio. No doubt he is the top director in the Hollywood right now. When you spend only $200 millions, you made $1.5 Billions in a year project. Tell me where do you get that kind of profit in a year business. Oh well only Hollywood and the person qualify to do that is James Wan.
          • ff
            Ok james we all know you like yourself...
        • Rock n Rollllll
          fair enough. just wanted your opinion and appreciate the opinion of others as well. i guess we'll just have to wait and see.
      • Chris Groves
        Well, that is funny, Insidious and The Conjuring are probably the BEST horror movies that have been made in years. So writing them off as 'just another horror movie' is actually a little unfair. They are several steps above the rest, in my opinion. He seems versatile as well. He did Furious 7 having never handled a big budget blockbuster/action movie before, and he seemed to adapt to it without an issue. I think he could transition into the superhero genre and do well.
      • ff
        I agree and Conjuring and Insidious are crap as well.
        • Tuan Nguyen
          Conjuring was the top horror film of all time in term of box office. How can it be crap.
          • ff
            Wtf does box office have anything to do with quality? Nothing.
          • Tuan Nguyen
            You stupid. If it sucks, then why people paid $360 millions to see the Conjuring.
          • ff
            Conjuring was $h!t. Period.
      • ari smulders
        You didn't watch insidious and the conjuring and still you have a opinion about wan???????????? omg it still exsist!
        • Rock n Rollllll
          Dont be an idiot. I said horror movies today dont take a genius to put together, I never made any judgemental claims about Wan himself and his directing abilities.
          • ari smulders
            But you don't have like horror movies to watch them if you like movies. Watch it objectively and ask why think people this is scary or what's the fuzz about! Insidious was in my eyes fucking scary and a one of the best in the last ten years. And it's my favorite genre after sience fiction and action movies. Of course it's not the exorcist or the omen, but still very good!
    LOL...AQUAMAN, okay!
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  • ff
    meh, other than Saw which was directly bad but at least kinda original i think the guy is a mediocre director at best. Death Sentence is a total POS. I think he has some decent ideas but should stick to writing.
    • Tuan Nguyen
      Dude this guy made ton of money for Hollywood studio. His movie budget were normally top 20 millions except furious 7 brought record top $360 millions. Furious 7 buget is 190 millions; but brought $1.5Billions. The box office spoke for his achievement. This guy might become Steven Spielberg 2. This guy no doubt one of the best director nowaday that is why Hollywood gave a Furious 7 project that costed $190 millions. He is still young; so watch more his movies upcoming years. HIs movies SAW and Conjuring are awesome.
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