Horror hero turned big budget hitmaker James Wan is making the press rounds as the domestic theatrical release date for Aquaman draws near. While he began his career with hot horror properties like Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring, the director has since flexed his filmmaking muscles with big budget mainstream projects like Furious 7 and the upcoming aquatic superhero adventure starring Jason Momoa. It turns out, though, that Aquaman isn’t the only DC property Wan originally considered when pitching ideas to Warner Bros. Pictures, and a horror version of Batman was once a glimmer in his eye for a brief period of time.
The swamp just added some elite company. According to their official Twitter account (see below), the DC Universe has announced that genre veterans Derek Mears and Andy Bean have joined the cast of the upcoming series adaptation of Swamp Thing. DC is continuing to add to its stable of content for their new streaming service, with the exclusive series Titans already four episodes in to its initial run on the network.
For Swamp Thing, based on the comic book which debuted in 1971 but rose to prominence in the mid-80’s after legendary writer Alan Moore took the reins, this will be the second attempt at a television series. In the early 1990’s, the USA network hosted a live action adaptation starring Dick Durock and Mark Lindsay Chapman which ran for three seasons. The current Swamp Thing project boasts a robust and impressive cast already for DC. Mears and Bean will be joining the already-announced roster of Jennifer Beals (The Grudge 2), Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Will Patton (2018’s Halloween) and Crystal Reed (MTV’s Teen Wolf.) read more
Director James Wan’s next movie in theaters may be the superhero flick, Aquaman, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any more scares up his sleeve! Wan will return to his old haunt, the horror genre- where he achieved great success with films like Saw, The Conjuring, and Insidious– as a producer of The Curse of La Llorona. Even though he isn’t directing, Wan’s influence can be clearly seen in the movie’s first teaser trailer and poster, including creepy trees, dusty old dresses, and screaming big-mouthed creepers. Accompanied by the tagline, “SHE WANTS YOUR CHILDREN,” the film is loosely based on a creepy character of Mexican folklore (in the same way that the porcelain monster in the Annabelle franchise is loosely based on a haunted Raggedy Ann doll in the Warrens’ museum). read more
According to Deadline, Mckenna Grace has signed on to play Judy, the young daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren in the upcoming Annabelle sequel. The third film in the Annabelle franchise is said to focus on the interaction between the evil doll and Judy.
Gary Dauberman (IT) will write and make his directorial debut on the project with Peter Safran and James Wan producing. The untitled project marks the sixth film in The Conjuring Universe, which has been a massive box office success, grossing more than $1.5 billion worldwide. read more
Have you ever wondered when each film takes place in The Conjuring film universe? If so, Warner Brothers Pictures has provided all the information you need in the new featurette designed to promote the latest entry in the franchise, The Nun.
It appears that the Nun takes place in 1952, almost twenty years before the events that occurred in the original The Conjuring film and the later prequels involving Annabelle.
The runaway promotion train has been building for months for The Nun, with all the gimmicks that would make William Castle proud including a video telling viewers to watch all the way to the end (with no pay-off other than the date of release) and a recently banned youtube video that scared the pants off of a few concerned citizens. There is no truth to the rumor that theaters will be offering every audience member a life insurance policy just in case they die of fright watching The Nun, but there are a few weeks left before the film hits theaters. read more
James Wan may be getting a lot of attention for his upcoming DC Universe film Aquaman, but the man best known for scaring people with creepy dolls is back in the saddle with his new project M3GAN (and, you guessed it, it is about a terrifying doll that comes to life).
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the eve of SDCC 2018, where it was learned that Jason Blum and Wan will begin production of the film this fall. Wan will not be directing the film and instead, “Gerard Johnstone, who directed the Australian horror movie Housebound, is on board to helm the project, which has a script by Akela Cooper, a writer-supervising producer who has worked on Luke Cage and American Horror Story.” read more
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a live-action Swamp Thing TV series “…has landed a script-to-series order at DC Universe, the upcoming DC-branded streaming service.”
The series will be “Based on the DC Comics characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the one-hour drama series would follow CDC researcher Abby Arcane, who returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. She develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.” read more
In an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter, James Wan and Roy Lee (the producer of It, Bates Motel) are poised to remake Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers. Wan and Lee are also joined by Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced the original 1993 TV miniseries adaptation of The Tommyknockers.
Sanitsky described the story as “…an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption.” read more
Deadline is reporting that James Wan’s company, Atomic Monster, is teaming up with Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, who produced mega-hit Stranger Things, on the film adaption of Stephanie Perkin’s novel There’s Someone Inside Your House. The adolescent slasher film was picked up by Netflix, who reportedly outbid several others. With the screenplay by Henry Gayden, who penned the DC’s Shazam!, there is no director attached to the project yet. Wan, a master of modern horror best known for genre favorites Saw and The Conjuring, will not be at the helm for this project. read more
New Line Cinema is moving The Conjuring Spin-off The Nun to a less competitive fall release date, praying that lightning strikes twice for the company on September 7th.
Last year, New Line debuted It on the same weekend in September and laughed like an evil clown all the way to the bank, as the film dominated the fall box office. While The Nun will certainly do less business at the box office than It did, the move is a smart one for the company. The Nun was originally scheduled for a mid-July release, sandwiched between Ant Man and the Wasp, the fourth Purge film, and the recently rescheduled The Equalizer 2. read more