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Furious 7's James Wan being sought to direct Jason Momoa in Aquaman

04.10.2015

When your latest film in a major studio franchise crosses the $500 million mark at the box office in just under a week, you better believe you will be in demand for every burgeoning franchise a studio is trying to cement. That would explain why Warner Bros is rumored to be pursuing FURIOUS 7 director James Wan to helm AQUAMAN.

The selection of Wan to helm the under sea entry in the DC Cinematic Universe is not a lock as Universal could exercise a contract option on the filmmaker to come back for the eight FAST AND FURIOUS film provided Justin Lin doesn't return or another filmmaker can be found. Wan came into FURIOUS 7 having never helmed a major studio film outside of the horror genre and has proved himself quite able. The question now becomes whether Universal wants to keep the franchise steady or try another director.

AQUAMAN is going to need someone with a unique sense of style to make it work as the character is not an easy sell to audiences. THOR worked under the traditional eye of Kenneth Branagh, but for AQUAMAN to really fit with the DC Universe, the movie needs to be big, brash, and most of all fun, all qualities Wan has brought to FURIOUS 7.

Most of all, it would be nice to see a win for Wan since he seemed like a career horror director with SAW, INSIDIOUS, and THE CONJURING. I will say that his abilities have approved versus weakened with each successive film and he would be an excellent choice to bring AQUAMAN to life.

AQUAMAN is slated to debut in theaters on July 27, 2018.

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2:37PM on 04/11/2015
Love this. I'm a huge fan of James Wan. From a filmmaking, cinematography standpoint, The Conjuring was one of the best horror films I've ever seen. I was unsure about the Aquaman flick (I'm neutral about Momoa), but I trust Wan with any film that he chooses to make. Love watching this guy's career develop.
Love this. I'm a huge fan of James Wan. From a filmmaking, cinematography standpoint, The Conjuring was one of the best horror films I've ever seen. I was unsure about the Aquaman flick (I'm neutral about Momoa), but I trust Wan with any film that he chooses to make. Love watching this guy's career develop.
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12:44PM on 04/11/2015
So the Fast&Furious films can only be directed by asian-americans or what? It's really cool that such a huge enterprise gets wrangled together by this guy who looks like a kid. It sounds like it was pretty exhausting for him. I hope he gets to do Aquaman next.
So the Fast&Furious films can only be directed by asian-americans or what? It's really cool that such a huge enterprise gets wrangled together by this guy who looks like a kid. It sounds like it was pretty exhausting for him. I hope he gets to do Aquaman next.
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3:37AM on 04/11/2015
He directed Fast 7 pretty good (though some action scenes could use more Zoom Out approach). I'm sure he can handle Aquaman just fine.
He directed Fast 7 pretty good (though some action scenes could use more Zoom Out approach). I'm sure he can handle Aquaman just fine.
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6:39PM on 04/10/2015

Aquaman's cool, but..

i'd rather see James Wan do Justice League Dark.
i'd rather see James Wan do Justice League Dark.
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4:00PM on 04/10/2015
Wan has an awesome way of working the camera. In that sense, he's more creative than many directors. His style could be put to great use on Aquaman. I'd also be excited if he came back for FF8, as long as he was willing and it wasn't the studio twisting his arm. Just keep him away from The Conjuring 2. Wan is a true director who sets out to do the best he can on one film. Then these studios force sequels on his horror films, and they're usually half as good at best. I'm probably the biggest
Wan has an awesome way of working the camera. In that sense, he's more creative than many directors. His style could be put to great use on Aquaman. I'd also be excited if he came back for FF8, as long as he was willing and it wasn't the studio twisting his arm. Just keep him away from The Conjuring 2. Wan is a true director who sets out to do the best he can on one film. Then these studios force sequels on his horror films, and they're usually half as good at best. I'm probably the biggest James Wan fan on this site and I just wanna see him get bigger and better opportunities. He deserves it.
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3:25PM on 04/10/2015
Wan's style of filming action set pieces is controlled, clear, understandable and still highly effective in ratcheting up the sense of tension and chaos. Given people's concerns over Aquaman's unavoidable underwater action sequences, I think Wan is a great choice because of his deceptively easy to follow style of action choreography. Make it so!
Wan's style of filming action set pieces is controlled, clear, understandable and still highly effective in ratcheting up the sense of tension and chaos. Given people's concerns over Aquaman's unavoidable underwater action sequences, I think Wan is a great choice because of his deceptively easy to follow style of action choreography. Make it so!
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4:01PM on 04/10/2015
Amen! Fully agree dude.
Amen! Fully agree dude.
3:19PM on 04/10/2015
I would be all for this and would be a great step in the right direction in actually making a badass Aquaman film that could compete with any of Marvel's films or Fox's X-Men films. Hope it turns out to be true.

But I still think he would have made a fantastic choice to direct Doctor Strange with Patrick Wilson as the lead.
I would be all for this and would be a great step in the right direction in actually making a badass Aquaman film that could compete with any of Marvel's films or Fox's X-Men films. Hope it turns out to be true.

But I still think he would have made a fantastic choice to direct Doctor Strange with Patrick Wilson as the lead.
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3:15PM on 04/10/2015

Before you publish...

Copy edit, yo. It ain't that hard to do.
Copy edit, yo. It ain't that hard to do.
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3:20PM on 04/10/2015
lol its always Alex
lol its always Alex
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