Continuing his recent hot streak, Wan has now been confirmed to direct both AQUAMAN and ROBOTECH. For Aquaman, Jason Momoa is set to star following his character’s introduction in the upcoming Justice League movie for Warner Bros. Noam Murro was previously rumored to be directing the project. DC announced plans for their cinematic universe in 2014, with individual characters receiving their own films following the release of Justice League in 2017.
Next, Wan will direct Robotech, from a screenplay written by Michael Gordon. The film is a feature adaptation of the 1980s anime series, which was created by Harmony Gold USA and Japan’s Tatsunoko Productions. The series concerns Robotechnology, the classification used to refer to the technological breakthroughs that resulted from the discovery of an alien ship on a South Pacific island. Using the technology, Earth created giant Mecha robots in order to fight off three successive alien attacks.
Coming into the public eye with the hit indie thriller Saw in 2004, Wan was able to turn that small budget film into a cultural phenomenon. After a cold reception for his muddled thriller Dead Silence, Wan would create Insidious with his partner Leigh Whannel independently. It proved to be a hit, spawning a successful sequel also directed by Wan. A third installment in the franchise was released in June 2015. In 2013, he had another massive success with The Conjuring, solidifying Wan’s in demand status with studios. Universal tapped the director for Furious 7, which shattered box office records to become the fastest film to cross the $1 billion mark the global box office.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer