Warner Bro’s confirmed the director of 2018’s Aquaman solo movie – starring Jason Mamoa, that director is none other that Furious 7’s James Wan.
This comes with news from Deadline that he is already set to direct a live action version of the anime series Robotech at Sony Picture, so how did he manage to bag such deals?
For a start working on the Fast franchise seems like a springboard for any filmmakers, take the director of the sixth entry Justin Lin as an example, following the release of his entry he was inundated with scripts, likely due to the high grosses on the films which show no sign of stopping yet.
Speaking on their acquisition for the Aquaman director’s chair Warner President Greg Silverman is quoted as saying;
“The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s 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”.
It certainly sounds at least superficially like the studio has faith in Wan as director, but it isn’t an easy task. Films set around the ocean can be notoriously expensive as Waterworld, Titanic, Cutthroat Island, The Perfect Storm and many others have proven.
On top of this the directors work can mostly be categorised as horror movies; having worked on the Saw series as producer, Insidious and The Conjuring among others.
In any case he certainly isn’t the most obvious choice when it comes to Aquaman, but with such a concept who would be a good fit to direct it?
The writer of this piece was:
Gary Kane aka (GK)
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