James Wan
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Australia
2020

Atomic Monster

James
Wan

The Malaysian-born Aussie made a name for himself redefining the horror genre with a string of creepy scare franchises (“Saw,” “Insidious,” “The Conjuring”) then ascended to the top echelon of Hollywood directors with a pair of billion-dollar grossers — 2015’s “Furious 7” and 2018’s “Aquaman.” But those successes haven’t quelled his compulsion to terrorize audiences. In addition to his latest directorial effort, the thriller “Malignant,” which had its release delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wan is producing “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” the ninth installment in the “Saw” series, “Spiral,” and the “Mortal Kombat” reboot, all coming in 2021. He’s also prepping an “Aquaman” sequel and developing a big-screen adaptation of the ’80s TV series “Knight Rider.”

Career

  • THE CONJURING
  • FURIOUS 7
  • AQUAMAN

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
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Warner Bros. Shifts 'Mortal Kombat,' 'Tom and Jerry' Release Dates

Warner Bros. Shifts 'Mortal Kombat,' 'Tom and Jerry' Release Dates

Warner Bros. has shuffled around release dates for three of the studio's upcoming movies: "Mortal Kombat, "Tom and Jerry" and Hugh Jackman's sci-fi drama "Reminiscence.""Mortal Kombat," a live-action adaptation of the popular video game, was originally set for Jan. 15, 2021, and will now open on April 16, 2021. "Reminiscence," which was initially slated for mid-April, was removed from the studio's calendar. The animated "Tom and Jerry" remake was moved up a week and will debut on Feb. 26, 2021,...

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