James Wan’s Saw and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension are two horror films which helped solidify Lionsgate as one of the premiere providers of edgy and intense new material in the early 2000’s, so it’s no wonder that the studio would be eager to work with these two filmmakers again on new material. That opportunity will soon be realized with today’s announcement that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to a new thriller entitled Smart House. Variety reports that the film is based on an original idea of James Wan, who will produce the film. Alexandre Aja will direct.
The Hollywood Reporter announced today that Universal has hired screen writer Will Beall to pen a new film based on classic Universal monster The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Beall is best known for television work for such series as Castle and Training Day. He is also the writer for James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman film and has been announced as one of the writers on the long gestating Legend of Conan. His only film work to date is 2013’s Gangster Squad.
The Creature From the Black Lagoon is part of the planned Universal Monster Universe which is being guided by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman. The first film in the series will be The Mummy, which is set for release on June 9th of this year. It is unclear at this point where the Creature film fits in this potential series of monster movies (or when production will start), but Universal has a lot riding on the success of the Mummy, and the box office on said film will do much to influence the longevity of the series. read more
Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring franchise, along with its various sequels and spinoffs, has made over $900 million and counting for the studio. In 1980, Gerald Brittle published a book about the cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, entitled The Demonologist. Brittle claims that his agreement with The Warrens in 1978 included a “no competing work” provision which is still in effect today. The Hollywood Reporter has published portions of a 335 page amended complaint which Brittle filed against Warner Bros. in Virginia federal court on Wednesday. The complaint seeks $900 million in damages, and it alleges that Warner Bros. knowingly created the franchise under permission by Lorraine Warren when it was actually Brittle’s permission the studio needed to move forward. Furthermore, Brittle claims that the studio can not claim “fair use” based upon the historical facts of the cases because Brittle alleges that The Warren’s stories are works of fiction. read more
The Wrap has reported that Corin Hardy will be directing New Line’s The Nun, based on the character first seen in James Wan’s The Conjuring 2. Hardy is best known for 2015’s critically acclaimed British-Irish horror film, The Hallow. Not bad for a creature that wasn’t added to the film until the 11th hour!
If Anabelle is any indicator, The Nun promises to be another very lucrative spinoff of The Conjuring franchise. Despite it’s obvious drop in quality from the source film, Annabelle earned nearly $258 million on a budget of just $6.5 million. The film did particularly well with international audiences, soaking up 67.2% of its box office overseas without ever even opening in China. read more
Despite its 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes and its “B” Cinemascore, Annabelle earned $256.9 million dollars worldwide on a budget of just $6.5 million. While critics noticed a tremendous dip in quality from its source material, James Wan’s The Conjuring, fans all over the world gobbled up this creepy doll story that’s sort-of based on the experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Due to the incredible financial success of the film, New Line Cinema appears to be taking the sequel seriously. They hired David Sandberg (Lights Out) to direct, and Miranda Otto will star in the film. Sandberg has been releasing behind the scenes images to his Instagram account over the past few weeks, and now an official promotional image for the film has been unveiled: read more
James Wan has great news for fans of his horror films. Patrick Wilson will play Ocean Master, Aquaman’s evil half-brother in Wan’s new Aquaman film.
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) December 13, 2016
Wan and Wilson have collaborated extensively in the past. Wilson has starring roles in both the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, and Wan has often praised his work in interviews. In fact, James Wan once said that if he ever had the chance to direct a Batman movie, Patrick Wilson would be his first choice to play the caped crusader. Casting Wilson in this DC Universe role is pretty darn close to fulfilling that dream! read more
Variety reports that a new Mortal Kombat film is on the horizon. Based on the popular video game franchise, the film will be produced by horror master James Wan (director of Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring), among others. Simon McQuoid, a prolific commercial director who has not yet broken into the world of movies, is currently in talks to direct the film.
The first Mortal Kombat movie, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson in 1995, certainly led to the greatest fifth grade birthday party I could ever ask for; while the 1997 sequel was super cheesy, even to my middle school sensibilities of the time. Hopefully this new attempt will feature a successful mix of outrageous characters and gory action that Mortal Kombat fans krave. read more
News hit the web today that Saw 8 is hitting theaters October 27th, 2017. The series is well known for it’s Halloween release dates. The sequel is tentatively titled Saw: Legacy. Michael Spierig and Kevin Spierig, who previously directed Daybreakers, are direct the film. Shooting begins this October in Toronto.
Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger are penning the screenplay for the sequel, which series co-creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell will be producing. Stolberg and Goldfinger are known for writing Sorority Row and Piranha 3D. No other information has been released about the film as of yet. read more
We have a trailer for David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out. James Wan produces the film, which stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, with Billy Burke and Maria Bello. You can view the trailer below.
In theaters on July 22
(New Line Cinema)
Director: David F. Sandberg
Writer: Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on the short film by David F. Sandberg
Producers: James Wan, Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer
Executive Producers: Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Richard Brener, Michael Clear, Jack Murray, Ben Everard read more
With the success of The Conjuring 2, New Line is already planning a spinoff featuring the villain of the film, a demonic nun. David Leslie Johnson, co-writer on Conjuring 2, will be writing the film. Director James Wan and Peter Safran, who produced the films, will be reuniting to produce the spinoff.
The demonic nun character didn’t actually exist until three months before Conjuring 2 opened. She was added during last-minute reshoots after Wan decided on the new concept, rather than the original demonic figure with horns that was being used. read more