by Justin Cook
When James Wan signed on to direct Fast and Furious 7 many assumed that he would be stepping away from the horror genre for a little while. However, it appears that Wan will be coming back to helm the sequel to his 2013 hit film The Conjuring, which was recently pushed back to a 2016 release date.
The movie, which was originally set for a Halloween 2015 release date, will begin production next summer.
On top of being a box office success, The Conjuring was also very well received by critics. Bringing Wan back for the sequel seems to be the best way to ensure that the movie will actually scare audiences, unlike this year’s Conjuring spin-off Annabelle.
Wan has a knack for directing memorable horror films that eventually turn into franchises, such as Saw and Insidious, the latter of which has a third installment coming out next year.
Also, Wan recently signed a production deal with New Line Cinema, which is apart of Warner Bros., saying that he will most likely serve as a producer on many of the studio’s upcoming films. The studio not only seems to look forward to working with Wan as a producer, but also as one of their regular directors.
An official quote from New Line president Toby Emmerich said, “James will make an important movie for New Line and Warner Bros. or DC, and that is definitely part of the plan, and a reason for bringing him into the family.“
Take this quote as you will, but it sounds as if sometime in the future we may see Wan direct a DC superhero film, especially considering that the studio just released a slate of upcoming superhero movies last week.
Wan is certainly becoming a diverse director, and it will be a lot of fun to see which project he becomes attached to next.