After working almost exclusively in the horror genre for the past decade, director James Wan branched out by taking the helm on next month's Furious 7. While the filmmaker is currently prepping his return to horror with his sequel The Conjuring 2, we reported in October that he signed a deal with New Line Cinema. At the time, studio president Toby Emmerich stated that he will, "make an important movie for New Line and Warner Bros or DC." Since the upcoming Shazam! is currently set up at New Line, many have speculated that is the project James Wan may be attached to. While doing press for Furious 7, the filmmaker told Collider that he is starting to set up his 'next big film.'
"While I do Conjuring 2 my plan would be to start setting up and finding that next big film that I want to jump into."
When asked if there is specific DC Comics property he is eyeing, the director said he is 'open' to making a superhero adaptation, but he wouldn't specifically say which property he is interested in.
"Yeah, there are some that I like... I am open to all possibilities at this point."
As for The Conjuring 2, we reported in October that the sequel was delayed until June 10, 2016, and while it isn't known when he will start production, the filmmaker is still working on the screenplay. Here's what he had to say, adding the horror follow-up will be like 'a holiday break' after working on the big-budget Furious 7.
"I've been working very heavily on the script, and the idea of continuing the saga of Ed and Lorraine Warren is actually very exciting. So the idea of going back to kind of nurture my baby that I created is part of the reason why I'm going back to do The Conjuring 2. And in some ways it'll be like a holiday break for me after this film."
Of course, The Conjuring 2 is set up at Warner Bros., which controls the DC Comics movie universe. He talked about Warner Bros.' commitment to working with him, after the success of 2013's The Conjuring.
"Yeah it's weird. Continuing that family tradition, [Warner Bros. is] like that and it's almost like they're very old school in that respect, which you don't see much of anymore."
Would you like to see James Wan direct Shazam! or any other DC Comics adaptations? While The Conjuring 2 is certainly up next for him, with a summer 2016 release date already set, it certainly seems possible that he could enter the superhero universe after that upcoming project. Let us know what you think below.