We're still nearly a year away from seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Warner Bros. is already hard at work putting creative teams in place for the many DC Comics superhero films set to follow that epic effort from Zack Snyder. The film is set to introduce a number of future Justice League members, including Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman, and all of those heroes are lined up for their own solo films in the years to come.
Late last year, Michelle MacLaren joined the DC movie machine as Wonder Woman's director, and earlier this week we heard that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are being courted as the directors of The Flash. Now it's Aquaman's turn. The film already has a star in Jason Momoa, and scripts are already being developed, but who does Warner Bros. want in the director's chair?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Furious 7 and The Conjuring director James Wan is the studio's "frontrunner" to direct Aquaman. The report notes that there has been no official offer extended to Wan yet, but that "preliminary talks" have happened and he is "the studio's choice" for the job.
It's easy to see why Wan's being courted for this high-profile blockbuster gig. After making a name for himself as a horror filmmaker with hits like Saw and Insidious, he conquered big-budget action movies this year with Furious 7, a film that's only been out a week and has already pulled nearly $500 million worldwide.
That very success may be a problem when it comes to Aquaman, though. Another Furious film is already in development, and Universal holds an option that could bring Wan back to work on it, though it's been speculated that he'd rather go off and work on other projects. Universal obviously wants to keep Furious movies crushing it at the box office, but it's unclear right now what Wan's future with the franchise is. It's also not clear how this deal would be affected by the sequel to The Conjuring, which Wan is set to begin shooting this fall. Aquaman's a big fish (pun intended) with a lot of preproduction work required, so it's hard to tell at this point how well Wan's schedule will fit with Warner Bros.' Still, if this report is true, it's clear the studio wants him.
Aquaman is set to hit theaters July 27, 2018. What do you think? Is Wan the right choice?