'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?
It's not a bad thing that he's moving on to other things. 'Death Sentence' was an extremely effective action/thriller, so I'm looking forward to seeing what Wan does with the 'Fast' series now. He's left his mark on the genre with three of the best horror films of the past two decades, so it's better for him to move on while he's still on top. Can't wait to see where he goes.
Patrick Campbell on Sep 16, 2013
Good for him. Try every genre and see what you're best at. I bet he will return to horror one day, because he's successful (financially & critically) and because I think he loves the genre. Of course this is a smart move, like he says Hollywood puts a label on you.
DavideCoppola on Sep 16, 2013
Thank gosh for that finally. Most over hyped and overrated horror genre director ever. Just stick to action James Wan and I'll probably have more respect for you cause Death Sentence was awesome. Okay Kevin Bacon might have saved that movie more than him. The only thing he ever made was horror comedies that were so bad they were so mind blowingly popular in a way compared to the sudden success of Tommy Wiseau's The Room. For the ending of Insidious alone he owes me a TV cause I threw my remote at it for how stupid it was. Am not going too get started on his other films.Saw started a long line of crapquels and so is Insidious which I'm probably turn up my earplugs on. In a decade where crap like Paranormal Activity has gotten popular I'm afraid everyone has truly lost their head and taste for real horror. It's just cheap jump scares like AH, OH, or OMG. Why the heck is everyone getting scared easily at his silly horror movies. Just send me back to the 80s of horror or the black n white films and I'll be fine. Thank you James Wan and I hope you have success with Fast 7.
Charlie Hard on Sep 16, 2013
This is disappointing but with the conjuring taking the top spot in my favorite horror movies I'm satiated
Jon Odishaw on Sep 16, 2013
So I guess he is out of Castlevania?
Alexander Calvo on Sep 16, 2013
pretty much, but not because of the horror thing. both Castlevania and that Macguyver remake James was attached to are stuck in development hell.
Jeff Koenig on Sep 16, 2013
I like his horror stuff, but I get it. Good for him.
Nielsen700 on Sep 16, 2013
Great news! Oh wait, he's still going to keep making movies...?
cuckoozey on Nov 19, 2013
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