DC fans may have to wait a little while before cameras get rolling on Aquaman 2, as James Wan intends to direct another movie before heading back to the world of Atlantis. Wan has become one of Warner Bros. go-to creative minds, as he's the key producer of The Conjuring universe movies, in addition to the man that really helped get the DCEU back on track with last year's Aquaman. While he's likely going to return for the follow-up, it's not going to be his next project.
James Wan has been making the rounds to promote the release of Annabelle Comes Home, which recently hit theaters. During a recent interview, he was asked what his next movie is going to be as a director. Specifically, if he's going to be doing Aquaman 2. Wan politely stated that won't be the case.
"It wouldn't be Aquaman 2 just yet."
Every indication is that Warner Bros. is going to do what they can to get James Wan to return to the director's chair for the sequel. He's at least going to serve as a producer, but he hasn't officially committed, as far as we know, to the gig. Undoubtedly, the success of Aquaman opened a lot of doors for him and he may want to explore some of what else is out there. Speaking a bit further, Wan explained that he's got something up his sleeve, he's just not ready to tell us what it is just yet.
"I think I kind of know [what I want to direct next]... I have something else I've been cooking up but I'm not really sure just yet."
As a producer, James Wan has a ton of projects lined up. The Conjuring 3 recently entered production, and he's got a couple of high-profile Stephen King adaptations with The Tommyknockers and Salem's Lot on deck. There are also a couple of potential Conjuring spin-offs such as The Crooked Man and The Nun 2, in addition to the long-gestating Mortal Kombat reboot, which is finally getting underway later this year. There's also the horror-themed Aquaman spin-off The Trench. Not to mention the recent rumors of a possible Swamp Thing movie he would produce. Point being, he's a busy man that a lot of people want to work with. It also means he's surely got a lot to choose from when it comes to what he wants to commit to as a director, versus being a producer.
Aquaman was a surprisingly huge hit at the box office, grossing more than $1.1 billion worldwide. What we know for sure is that Jason Momoa and Amber Heard will both be back for the sequel. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick has been hired by the studio to pen the screenplay and Warner Bros. has already locked down a December 2022 release date. That could give James Wan time to squeeze something else in before Aquaman 2 needs to begin filming, but that would make his schedule very tight. This news comes to us via CinemaBlend.