Following the colossal opening of “Furious 7” — a reported $392 million worldwide — director James Wan likely has plenty of options for his next film, and it looks like he may be floating towards “Aquaman.” The Hollywood Reporter has word that Wan is the frontrunner to helm Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” film, starring Jason Momoa in the title role.
THR specifies that Wan does not yet have an offer, but he’s WB’s choice and “preliminary talks” have happened. There may be some rough seas ahead in getting the deal done — Wan has an option with Universal to return for the next installment of “The Fast and The Furious” franchise, all but a given following the massive success of the most recent entry. Additionally, Wan has “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist” on his plate, scheduled for release in 2016.
Pre-“Furious 7,” Wan was primarily known as a horror director, behind the camera for the original “Saw,” plus “Insidious” and “The Conjuring.” “Aquaman” would mark his first entry into superhero fare, if a deal comes to pass.
“Aquaman” is expected for release on July 27, 2018, with Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad writing separate scripts for the film. The character is slated to first appear in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
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