I guess there’s a certain irony that the day that the Entourage movie opens Warner Brothers has announced who will be directing their planned Aquaman film. Unlike the fictional comic book adaption from the HBO series that was the springboard for this weekend’s film about an up and coming Hollywood actor and his pack of douche-bros, the real Aquaman film will not be directed by James Cameron but instead by Furious Seven director James Wan.
The studio’s press release is below, but I do have to say that this a bit of a surprising, but still interesting, choice. Wan’s resume is strong on horror with initial installments of the Saw, The Conjuring and Insidious taking prime positions. His only action film to date has been this spring’s Furious Seven, which was a pretty solid movie. As Aquaman isn’t really a horror-themed property, it should be interesting to see what he brings to the table here.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that director James Wan (“Furious Seven,” “The Conjuring”) will take the helm of the Studio’s upcoming Aquaman feature film, with Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) starring as the sea-dwelling Super Hero. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Silverman stated, “We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,’ and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate. 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.”
Wan will also be supervising the script by Kurt Johnstad (“300,” “300: Rise of an Empire”). The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder.
Roven 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.”
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.
Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.