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