After much speculation, it has been confirmed that Furious 7 director James Wan will direct Jason Momoa in the standalone Aquaman movie for Warner Bros. and DC. The move brings James Wan back to Warner Bros., where he made the hit horror movie The Conjuring. He is currently working on the sequel to that film, The Conjuring 2, for sister studio New Line.
James Wan's impressive track record solidified Warner Bros. and DC's decisions to bring on the director to help further extend and create their DC Cinematic Universe, with Furious 7 grossing $349 million in the states and $1.5 billion worldwide to become the second highest grossing movie of 2015 behind Avengers: Age of Ultron. His first The Conjuring pulled in $137 million off a $20 million budget. And he is responsible for co-creating the Saw franchise as well as Insidious.
Jason Momoa stars in Aquaman as the reluctant king of Atlantis. The film finds the underwater superhero caught between a surface world ravaging the sea, and the Atlanteans who are looking to lash out in revolt. Aquaman will be in theaters summer of 2018, following 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and 2017's Wonder Woman and Justice League Part 1. Said Warner Bros' Greg Silverman in an announcement:
"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."
James Wan is overseeing the screenplay written by Kurt Johnstad. Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder are producing. No further casting has been announced at this time.