James Wan
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After scoring more than a billion dollars at the box office with DC Comics feature “Aquaman” (2018), Wan returned to his horror roots in 2021 with “Malignant,” one of the films in Warner Bros.’ slate to premiere simultaneously on HBO Max the same day it bowed in theaters. Born in Malaysia, the Aussie came to prominence primarily through horror movies, starting with Lionsgate’s “Saw” (2004), which to date has spawned eight sequels, the latest of which, “Spiral,” hit theaters in 2021 with a starring turn from Chris Rock, who conceived the sequel. He went on to launch two more horror franchises with “Insidious” (2010) and “The Conjuring” (2013), the latter of which saw a second direct sequel that also get the dual theatrical and HBO Max treatment in 2021. Then in 2022, another “Aquaman” directed by Wan is set to hit theaters exclusively.




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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
  • Inclusion Impact
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James Wan to Direct 'MacGyver' Premiere

James Wan to Direct 'MacGyver' Premiere

James Wan is set to direct the premiere episode of CBS' "MacGyver" reboot.An executive producer on the series, Wan had originally been set to direct the pilot, but had to back away from it because of his feature film schedule. Since the show was picked up to series, CBS decided to scrap the original pilot and shoot a new premiere episode, retaining Lucas Till and George Eads from the original pilot but otherwise adding an entirely new cast. On Monday,...


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