James Wan is regarded by many as one of the most creative filmmakers working today. Currently, he is in production directing “Aquaman” for Warner Bros. starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and Golden Globe Award nominee Patrick Wilson. The DC superhero film is scheduled to be released on Dec. 21.
Most recently, Wan directed the feature film “The Conjuring 2” with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who reprised their roles as famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Released by Warner Bros. in June 2016, the latest installment of the successful franchise opened at #1 at the box office in 32 territories including the U.S. Wan served as director of the film as well as co-producer and writer. Previously, he directed the critically acclaimed 2013 film “The Conjuring,” starring Farmiga, Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide.
Wan directed Universal Pictures’ “Furious 7,” which was released in April 2015 and was #1 at the U.S. box office for four weeks, earning over $1.5 billion worldwide – ranking #7 on the list of highest grossing films of all time.
Wan’s production company, Atomic Monster, launched its slate with “Annabelle,” in October 2015, followed by “Lights Out” in July 2016 and “Annabelle: Creation” in 2017. All three box office successes were New Line Cinema productions released by Warner Bros. with Wan as producer. Currently in post-production for Atomic Monster is the latest in “The Conjuring” franchise, “The Nun.” Set for release on Sept. 7, the film is produced by Wan and based on a story by Wan and Gary Dauberman.
Co-creator of the popular “Insidious” series, Wan serves as producer on the latest installment, “Insidious: The Last Key,” which Universal Pictures released in January 2018. Also, he produced “Insidious: Chapter 3,” which Focus Features released in June 2015. Wan directed FilmDistrict’s “Insidious” in 2010 and “Insidious: Chapter 2” in 2013, starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. In addition, he had a “story by” credit on “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
Wan is the co-creator of the “Saw” franchise. In addition to directing the first “Saw” film, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Wan served as executive producer for the entire franchise. The latest installment, “Saw: Jigsaw,” was released in October 2017 by Lionsgate.
A member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Wan is the recipient of the Australians in Film 2016 Fox Studios Australia International Award. He is an Australian citizen and a U.S. resident. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @creepypuppet.