Another huge project for Wan

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY CALENDAR - By Oliver Get­tell oliver.get­tell@la­times.com

James Wan will spear­head “Aqua­man” — pre­sum­ably with a shiny gold tri­dent.

The “Fu­ri­ous 7” film­maker is set to di­rect Warner Bros.’ su­per­hero movie star­ring Ja­son Mo­moa as the oceanic DC Comics char­ac­ter, the stu­dio an­nounced Wed­nes­day. Wan will also over­see de­vel­op­ment of the script, which is be­ing writ­ten by Kurt John­stad (“300” and its se­quel “300: Rise of an Em­pire”).

Sched­uled for re­lease in 2018, “Aqua­man” is to tell the story of the re­luc­tant ruler of At­lantis, caught be­tween a sur­face world that con­stantly rav­ages the sea and his own peo­ple who are look­ing to lash out in re­volt.

Wan, 38, first made a name for him­self di­rect­ing lu­cra­tive low-bud­get hor­ror flicks like “Saw,” “In­sid­i­ous” and “The Con­jur­ing.” He grad­u­ated toma­jor ac­tion movies with “Fu­ri­ous 7,” dur­ing which he han­dled the ac­ci­den­tal death of Paul Walker in an offset crash with com­mend­able grace. The movie has been amas­sive com­mer­cial hit, to the tune of $1.5 bil­lion at the world­wide box of­fice.

In the Warner Bros. an­nounce­ment, Greg Sil­ver­man, pres­i­dent of cre­ative de­vel­op­ment and world­wide pro­duc­tion, said, “The ‘Aqua­man’ film will be amajor tent­pole pic­ture for us and James’ 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.”

Matt Sayles Invision / AP

JAMES WAN has been cho­sen to di­rect “Aqua­man” forWarner Bros.

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