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Thursday, June 4, 2015

James Wan will direct Aquaman and Robotech

Insidious and The Conjuring director James Wan just recently proved that he could be a versatile filmmaker with the success of "Furious 7" which he directed. Now, he's taking on two gigantic genre projects; he will be directing the DC superhero movie "Aquaman" and he will also be directing the live-action adaptation of the popular anime "Robotech." [hit the jump to continue]
Wan is expected to take the story of the reluctant ruler of Atlantis into the grounded and gritty DC Movie Universe fold. Several sources report that Wan will oversee the writing of the film’s script by Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire), and his hiring not only makes sense from a connection standpoint–Wan’s horror opus The Conjuring made a ton of dough for WB and the studio was happy to have him return for the sequel–but also with regards to the studio’s outlook on its DC Movie Universe. As outlined earlier today by executive Greg Silverman, the studio aims to court “master filmmakers” to craft their own takes on these various superhero properties, and Wan has honed his craft over the years since his huge debut with Saw.

Here is DC’s press release describing the Aquaman movie:
An icon for over 70 years, Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas. This reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, is committed to protecting the entire globe.

Aquaman will played by Jason Momoa, but before he appears in his own movie, he will first appear in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" which comes out next year.

Charles Roven, who will produce Aquaman along with Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, said:
“James is not only a great storyteller but can make action truly explode on the big screen, and Jason has a dynamic presence that commands your attention. Together, they will bring an undeniable vitality and energy to this character as he headlines his first feature film.”

James Wan also closed his deal to helm Sony’s live-action adaptation of "Robotech" which is based on the 1980s anime. With Wan not being free until next spring, after he completes The Conjuring 2, and with Aquaman already having a 2018 release date, one imagines the superhero pic will be first on deck.

So WB now has Snyder, Wan, Patty Jenkins, and David Ayer on tap as the filmmakers crafting its DC Movie Universe, with hopes that Phil Lord and Chris Miller decide to helm The Flash.

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