James Wan officially signed a contract with Warner Bros. Studios to direct the still-untitled Aquaman movie. Wan is known for multiple franchises, directing the horror movie Saw and most recently Fast and Furious 7. The new addition is the latest sign that DC Comics and Warner Bros. is stepping up to compete with Marvel in the lucrative superhero movie business.
USA Today reports that James Wan joins a host of other talent, including scriptwriter Kurt Johnstad (300, 300: Rise of an Empire) and producers Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder (director of Batman v Superman). Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, will star.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Greg Silverman announced Wan’s selection, according to the ComingSoon.net.
“The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”
Producer Charles Roven was also happy.
“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’s movie won’t come out until 2018, but fans will still get a few glimpses before then.
Momoa’s Aquaman will debut with a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will hit theaters March 25th, 2016. Then, Justice League: Part One, scheduled for November 10th, 2017, would be strange without Aquaman, one of the Justice League’s founding members.
As for the success of the film, the big question may come down to whether Wan and Momoa can make Aquaman look cool considering his current status as a regular punchline.
Judging from some early photography work from Clay Enos, Momoa is making some drastic changes to the original blonde-haired, underwear-on-the-outside Aquaman image.
— Clay Enos (@ClayEnos) February 20, 2015
It looks like Aquaman will be Khal Drogo, but underwater.
James Wan is well-suited for the noticeably darker movie adaptation, proving he can both scare people and thrill them. According to The Verge, Furious 7 racked up an impressive $350 million in the domestic box office, cementing his place as a wanted director for some time to come.
Jame Wan will also direct the movie adaptation of Robotech for Sony Pictures, which the company hopes to spin into its own billion dollar franchise.
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