However, he may not be able to do so because sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Wan is now being eyed to direct Warner Bros’ upcoming superhero film, “Aquaman“.
The solo film is currently under development in the studio, with both Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad writing competing scripts for the project. “Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa is attached to portray Aquaman and he will make his appearance as the character in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice“, which is slated for release on 24th March 2016.
Having directed several horror classics including 2013’s “The Conjuring” and “Insidious“, sources told THR that director James Wan became “the studio’s choice and some preliminary talks have taken place”.
However, no deal was offered to Wan yet. Though there’s no official announcement on the 8th installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, Universal Pictures may also want him to return to direct, especially after Vin Diesel hinted that the 8th film will take place in New York City.
In fact, Wan is currently gearing up to return to his horror roots for “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist“, which is due to shoot this fall. If he does take up Warner Bros’ offer to direct “Aquaman”, he could help the studio get rid of all the jokes about the undersea warrior.
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As of now, the 2-part “Justice League” film is Warner Bros’ primary focus because the studio is at the stage of deciding which characters should make their cameo appearances in it. The members of the Justice League will be united through this film, including Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and Green Lantern.
No further details were announced for the “Aquaman” solo movie yet, but it is slated for release on 27th July 2018.