James Wan
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Film Director

Long one of Hollywood’s top horror helmers (“Saw,” “Insidious,” “The Conjuring”), the Malaysian-born Aussie made a splash in the DC Comics universe last year as director of “Aquaman,” which became his second film to surpass the $1 billion mark, following the 2015 actioner “Furious 7.” That doesn’t mean he’s given up on the scares. He released a pair of 2019 horror hits — “The Curse of La Llorona” and “Annabelle Comes Home” — and shot “The Conjuring 3” over the summer. In recent years, he served as executive producer of CBS’ “MacGyver” reboot and the recently axed DC effort “Swamp Thing.” On tap are commitments to exec produce the Netflix supernatural series “The Magic Order,” produce a “Mortal Kombat” sequel and direct “Aquaman 2.”




  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) (Australia)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
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Film News Roundup: James Wan's Horror Thriller 'Malignant' Gets August Release

Film News Roundup: James Wan's Horror Thriller 'Malignant' Gets August Release

In today's film news roundup, James Wan's "Malignant" gets a late-summer release, a Rita Hayworth documentary is shooting and Women in Animation have announced diversity awards winners.RELEASE DATEWarner Bros. has set an Aug. 14 release date for James Wan's horror thriller "Malignant."Wan will direct the movie, based on a story by Wan and Ingrid Bisu. It will shoot in Los Angeles and has been selected for a state tax credit by the California Film Commission.The film will star Bisou, Annabelle Wallis,...


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