Who said you can’t take it all?
Director James Wan is ready to take his career to a whole new level as sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Wan has recently closed his deal to develop both Warner Bros’ upcoming superhero film “Aquaman” and Sony’s adaptation of the 1980s anime, “Robotech“.
“Aquaman” solo film is currently under development at 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 the titular character, who is a “reluctant ruler of Atlantis caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface”.
He will be introduced in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice“, which is slated for release on 24th March 2016. His own solo movie is slated for release on an unspecified date in 2018. As a key member of Justice League, he will also appear in Warners’ 2-part “Justice League” movies.
Greg Silverman, the studio’s president, creative development and worldwide production, said:
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.
Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, and Zack Snyder are producing Aquaman, with Wan overseeing Johnsad’s script.
As for “Robotech“, it was only revealed that he has closed the deal with Sony, who bought the rights for the classic anime series earlier this spring. The studio is planning to launch an “impressive universe” of wide storytelling possibilities, which can compete with the Transformers” cinematic universe.
The original “Robotech” anime takes place in an alternate universe, in which Earth is subjected to extraterrestrial invasions. The constant attacks cause mankind to develop giant robotic machines in order to defend themselves.
Wan proved himself to be the most sought-after director in Hollywood after helming “Furious 7“, which became a box office success with over $1.4 billion in global box office receipts. He has since been eyed to direct a slew of big-budgeted films as multiple studio executives were all vying for his attention to board on their projects.
Having directed several horror classics including 2013’s “The Conjuring” and “Insidious“, Wan is currently gearing up to direct “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist“ for New Line, which is due to shoot this fall. He is also tied to produced the remake of “The Entity” with his “Conjuring” creative team.