James Wan to Direct ‘Aquaman’ for Warner Bros.

James Wan Direct 'Aquaman' Warner Bros.

James Wan is set to direct “Aquaman” for Warner Bros.

The superhero film stars Jason Momoa, with Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder producing. Wan will also be supervising the script, to be written by Kurt Johnstad.

Warner Bros. also released the first plot summary for the film, which follows Aquaman, the King of the Seven Seas and the reluctant ruler of Atlantis, who is caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, but is committed to protecting the entire globe.

Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.

“We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,’ and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate,” said Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production for Warner Bros. Pictures. “The ‘Aquaman’ film will be a major tentpole picture for us, and James’ 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.”

Wan had been rumored to be in talks for the picture, but with the deal in place, “Aquaman” will likely be his next film following the “Conjuring” sequel. Wan had also been circling an adaptation of “Robotech” at Sony, which may follow the superhero standalone on his schedule.

Wan most recently helmed “Furious 7,” which has grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Wan’s hire is the latest development for WB’s burgeoning superhero franchise centered around members of the Justice League, following news that Chris Pine is close to a deal to co-star with Gal Gadot in the “Wonder Woman” film, as Variety exclusively reported.

Wan is repped by Paradigm.

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  1. Nanny Mo says:

    I do like his look. But I am really getting tired of so-called Super-heros.

  2. SmashMagnavox says:

    who cares? Aquaman sucks & has since forever. Since his (evil) twin brother, since he lost his hand to a shark, since before “Gary & Ace the Ambiguously Gay Duo” appeared on SNL, and definitely waaay before “Sub-Diego” happened. Crap investment, see what fucking happens. I guess

  3. Not Aquaman says:

    This has got to be the most stupid I’ve ever heard of. Aquaman is the lamest superhero in existence, any average joe is able to figure that out. Making a movie out of the worst “hero” is just plain stupid, I doubt anyone outside of comic book fans take this guy seriously

  4. jimmy woo says:

    Does James Wan know Atlantis is not in the Pacific? I hope so. It is not called Pacifica.

    Jason Momoa doesn’t seem to know it.

  5. Top Of The Hill Entertaiment Group says:

    Reblogged this on Top Of The Hill Entertainment Group.

  6. Jonny ReQuest says:

    continue to change characters and make them into something they were not! why not just make
    a new character???? because nobody would go see it! so they have to use the name of the
    character that people have loved for decades! but most people my age stop going to movies since
    it’s nothing but CGI and violence and gore and sex and horrible gross humor! no talent in acting
    and directing and writing by this new liberal Hollyweird! Look at films made by the classic actors
    like Eastwood and Ed Harris and see the difference in their movies! Appaloosa is one of the best
    westerns ever made! Gran Torino was a masterpiece of movie making with just great writing and
    acting and directing without all the usual crap from Hollyweird. Super 8 was a great example of
    how great 70’s and 80’s sci fi could be made even though it had CGI it wasn’t over done and
    the violence was kept to a minimum and didn’t show a lot of it like the classic movie usual do.
    People should stop paying to see these horrible movies!!!! Boycott Hollyweird and network TV!

  7. Walter says:

    Excellent news. James Wan is an exciting filmmaker. I’ve been to every one of his screenings when he comes to Toronto.

  8. wiles11 says:

    “. . . and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2”? When did these interviews actually take place?!?

  9. Chloe says:

    If Adrian Grenier isn’t playing Aquaman, I’m not seeing it.

  10. dogford says:

    Bah… c’mon Hollywood. ENOUGH of the comic-book movies. Hire some writers!

  11. YouDontKnowIRecordYouInCafesButImRichNow says:

    Many people in Hollywood are talking about how this idea went from parody to reality so quickly. Many more are silently worried that by the time Aquaman hits theaters, the public will consider it parody again.

  12. fitznd says:

    Rumors are that the studio is going to replace Jason Momoa with Vincent Chase.

  13. Spider says:

    Too bad Adrian Grenier didn’t get the title role.

  14. spike says:

    more comic book drivel

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