MacGyver producers interview

James Wan makes his television debut with MacGyver, CBS’s reboot of the classic ’80s action series. With showrunner Peter Lenkov, and after one false start pilot, Wan directed the pilot that will air this week and set the stage for the series going forward. Lucas Till stars as Angus MacGyver, a scientist who uses his knowledge of real principles in the field on missions from a covert task force.

You may have heard the term “MacGyvering” your way out of a situation. It comes from the original show starring Richard Dean Anderson. Will Forte’s MacGruber sketch on SNL and subsequent movie is a spoof of MacGyver. We spoke with Wan and Lenkov before their panel to the Television Critics Association this summer.  Read More »

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MacGyver trailer

The Conjuring 2 has already come and gone from theaters, but James Wan‘s got another directorial effort coming our way this fall. A couple of months ago he was tapped to direct the pilot for a MacGyver reboot at CBS, with Lucas Till as the resourceful lead. Now the show is on track to premiere this fall, and you can get a peek at the new MacGyver trailer below.  Read More »

Aquaman Comic-Con

Right now, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is in the hands of Zack Snyder. The director established the character in the DC Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but once he’s finished with Justice League, Aquaman goes to James Wan (The Conjuring 2). Wan sees the character as a “reluctant superhero” who’s not too dissimilar from Wolverine.

Below, James Wan discusses Aquaman.

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Mortal Kombat Reboot

Just last month, some rumblings about the new Mortal Kombat movie that’s been in development for years came to the surface. Christopher Lambert, who played Raiden in the first video game adaptation, said that he was in talks to reprise his role and there was going to be a time travel element involved this time. However, pretty much all of what he said has been debunked by those close to the project. But now we have a real update on the future of Mortal Kombat on the big screen.

The Conjuring and Furious 7 director James Wan is still on board the project as producer, and he recently talked about the status of a new Mortal Kombat. The good news is it’s “still cooking” according to the filmmaker, but the bad news is that we still have no idea when we’ll end up seeing it come together. Find out what James Wan had to say about the Mortal Kombat reboot after the jump. Read More »

James Wan Leaving Aquaman

We had a one-on-one interview with MacGyver pilot director and executive producer James Wan and showrunner Peter Lenkov before their Television Critics Association panel. In the time between the interview and panel, news broke that the villain of Wan’s Aquaman movie would be Black Manta. After the panel, I asked Wan about choosing Black Manta for the villain.

“I want to know where Wrap got that piece of news from,” Wan laughed. “Come on, I can’t talk about this.”   Read More »

Aquaman Comic-Con

As one of the superheroes in the upcoming assembly of Justice League, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. Pictures wanted to tease a bit of Aquaman after his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa has been slated to play the aquatic hero for awhile, and director James Wan has been attached for some time as well, and both were briefly on-hand to help tease the movie. Sadly, since the movie isn’t shooting yet, the best tease of Aquaman came from the Justice League sizzle reel. But James Wan did say something that made the Aquaman movie sound rather intriguing.

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The previous installment in the Saw franchise was titled “The Final Chapter.” Even at the time, it was hard to believe the violent moneymaking series was completely over with, and time has proven that belief correct. Earlier this year, it was reported Lionsgate was developing Saw: Legacy. The studio hired Piranha 3D and Piranha 3DD screenwriters Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger to reignite the franchise, which James Wan kicked off in 2004 with his thriller. Now, the sequel has attracted two very promising filmmakers: Michael and Peter Spierig (Predestination).

Below, learn more about the Saw sequel.

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Jurassic World - Bryce Dallas Howard

Have you heard? Sequels haven’t been doing so hot this year. And yet there’s no end to them in sight. After the jump:

  • How is Jurassic World 2 protecting its secrets?
  • James Wan says The Conjuring 3 will be set in the 1980s.
  • Yes, Winona Ryder still wants a Beetlejuice sequel.
  • Iron Sky 3 is happening thanks to China.
  • Rumored details emerge about Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence puts out a Las Vegas tourism ad.

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James Wan has long hoped to direct a MacGyver reboot, and now he’ll finally get his wish. The Conjuring and Aquaman director has been set to helm the first episode of CBS’ upcoming series, on which he was already serving as executive producer. The show is a prequel, starring X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Lucas Till as a younger version of television’s most resourceful hero.  Read More »