James Wan Itching To Return To Horror After ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’

An established name in the film industry, James Wan has worked tirelessly to become a mainstay in the horror genre. Over the past two decades, the Australian filmmaker has proven his versatility by taking on both Hollywood blockbusters and indie projects, to much fanfare and success. With the release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom around the corner, it seems Wan is looking for a return to where it all began.

Promoting the Aquaman sequel, which stars Jason Momoa as the titular protagonist, Wan teased a potential return to horror during his interview with Collider. He enjoyed the chance to lean “a little bit more into the darker part of storytelling and visual filmmaking” with the new monsters in DC’s upcoming superhero movie, and suggested that his next project might be a smaller and scarier one.

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“You know, I have a tendency to want to go back and forth,” Wan on his filmography. “So, whenever I make a smaller film, I wanna go and make a big film. Whenever I’m doing a big one, I’m like, ‘Oh, I wanna go and do a smaller film,’ and when I do my smaller films, it tends to be a horror film. So, you know, I feel like the itch for horror is potentially calling, but we’ll see.”

Wan burst onto the scene in 2004, as the co-creator of the Saw franchise, making his feature directorial debut. He then brought horror back to prominence after directing Insidious and The Conjuring to critical acclaim.

Last October, it was also announced that The Conjuring 4 was in the works, with Wan serving as its co-writer and producer. With this, all signs point towards Wan’s horror directorial homecoming. Fans of the Australian can only wait with bated breath.

Wan’s latest project, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, hits the silver screen on 20 December 2023.