New Line is expanding its horror empire, securing rights to Dutch filmmaker Nico van den Brink's short film "Sweet Tooth" and setting up the project as a feature film with the ubiquitous James Wan producing.Van den Brink will direct and have a story by credit in what will be his first feature. He studied at the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Film Academy, and has directed a number of short films and commercials.The short film, which debuted at the...
A triple threat who also produces, Wan co-wrote and directed the “Saw,” “Conjuring” and “Insidious” films, three of the most successful horror franchises of the last decade, before being tapped to helm “Furious 7,” the seventh blockbuster episode of the long-running action franchise.
The 2015 film, which reunited stars Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson for another testosterone-fueled adventure, happily ignored the laws of the road and the laws of physics with some eye-popping stunts and VFX, and grossed an astonishing $1.5 billion.
He followed it with the $320 million-grossing “Conjuring 2,” shot an episode of the “MacGyver” TV reboot and is next directing the big-budget action-adventure “Aquaman,” releasing in 2018. The fourth installment of the “Conjuring” series, “Annabelle: Creation,” showed surprising strength amid a tough 2017 summer at the box office, opening at No. 1 in August.
In April, Lionsgate acquired rights to his next thriller, “Smart House,” with Wan attached to produce (the film is based on his original idea) and Alexandre Aja directing. He will produce the film under his Atomic Monster company banner with head of production Michael Clear.