In 2013, James Wan directed his most successful and critically acclaimed horror film, The Conjuring. Instead of rushing a sequel to a start date, all involved waited for Wan — a filmmaking machine who has had four features come out in the last three years — to come back for the sequel, which sees the return of paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). This time, the couple venture overseas for the Enfield Haunting.
At the press day for The Conjuring 2, Wan discussed with us his career, the pace of the film, working with kid actors, and more. We began our conversation with Wan discussing a striking long take in the sequel, in which Ed communicates with an evil spirit, Old Bill. It’s the kind of seamless long take you don’t know is a long take until it’s over. Below, read our James Wan interview.
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James Wan may have gotten his start in the horror genre, but he proved himself to be perfectly capable of crafting a big, silly, and hugely entertaining blockbuster with Furious 7. Directing a film that grosses $1.5 billion worldwide opens many doors and after signing on to direct a sequel to his 2013 gem The Conjuring, Wan decided to enter the superhero movie fray with a big screen take on Aquaman.
With The Conjuring 2 out in theaters this week, Wan has been making the press rounds, which means he’s been answering his fair share of comic book movie-related questions. Since he can’t say anything concrete yet, the most interesting thing to come out of his mouth actually involves something he didn’t do – direct The Flash.
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Posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to get fans pumped about the rest of the DC Extended Universe film slate. Instead, got them worried. Warner Bros. is clearly aware of this, as evidenced by the steps they’ve taken to right the ship. But what about the other directors tasked with fleshing out this world? Are they concerned about the sour reception to Batman v Superman, and what it might mean for the rest of the franchise?
Aquaman director James Wan weighed in on the Batman v Superman backlash, and he seems to be taking it in stride. Though it sounds like he’s learned a thing or two from it — for one thing, he promises Aquaman “won’t be very dark.” Well, kind of.
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This summer James Wan is bringing plenty of horror to theaters. Lights Out with Teresa Palmer arrives in July to make sure you’re scared of the dark all over again. But before that, the filmmaker is behind the camera again for The Conjuring 2, the sequel to his successful horror flick about the real paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
This time the terror comes from across the pond with the events known as the “strange happenings in Enfield,” and a new featurette focuses on the victims of the real haunting that inspires the film. In addition, the real Lorraine Warren talks about their experience with this particular case. Watch The Conjuring 2 featurette after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: James Wan has responded on Twitter to rumors of trouble on Aquaman. See his comments below.
Just yesterday, The Flash lost director Seth Grahame-Smith, creating some uncertainty and instability for the future of the DC Comics film universe. The report cited creative differences between the filmmaker and the studio as the reason for Grahame-Smith’s departure, but it sounds like that might not be the only trouble Warner Bros. Pictures is having behind the scenes.
A new rumor from Birth.Death.Movies says James Wan is “feeling tremendous amounts of trepidation” about directing Aquaman, which he’s been attached to since last summer. Apparently Wan is in the midst of figuring out if he really wants to stay on board the comic book blockbuster featuring Jason Momoa in the lead role. Find out more about the potential of James Wan leaving Aquaman and more DC Comics movie woes after the jump. Read More »
James Wan returned to Wondercon to present The Conjuring 2. He’d presented the first film at Wondercon 2013 in Anaheim. Wan returns to direct the sequel, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga once again playing Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens are famed paranormal experts and both Conjuring films are reportedly based on their true cases.
The Conjuring 2 is about the Enfield Poltergeist, the Warrens’ investigation of poltergeist harassing a London single mother and her four children. The setting provides a change of pace from the Rhode Island case of the Perron family in The Conjuring, and Wan teased how it will make the film feel different. Read More »
Director James Wan brings his brand of horror back to the big screen this summer with The Conjuring 2 (watch the most recent trailer right here), but he’s also got more scares up his sleeve as the producer of a new, original horror story called Lights Out.
Rebecca (Teresa Palmer of Triple 9) thinks she escaped her childhood fears when she left home. But now when she comes back, it’s clear that what scared her as a child is still lurking in her mother’s house, and it’s scaring the hell out of her little brother Martin. Not that the dark wasn’t already scary before, but this looks to make it even more terrifying.
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James Wan presented a panel on this summer’s horror sequel The Conjuring 2 at Wondercon. Afterwards, /Film joined other journalists on a press line to speak with Wan. Being at a comic book convention, every journalist had their own question about Wan directing the solo Aquaman movie and Wan was gracious about answering every one. For us, he revealed that the world of Aquaman is inspiring some of his horror sensibilities. Think sea monsters! Read More »
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After delivering a dose of horror for the summer back in 2013 with The Conjuring, director James Wan is back with the sequel, and if the new trailer is any indicator, this looks like one of the most intense hauntings that the genre has ever seen.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and this time they’re going across the pond to check out what many have referred to as England’s Amityville, where a single mother and her children are being terrified over and over again by dark forces. It’s like The Exorcist on steroids.
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The Conjuring 2 mostly takes place in in Enfield, London, but that’s not where we travelled to visit the set of director James Wan‘s horror sequel. On this day in the schedule, the shoot was in Santa Clarita, CA — an unmistakable double for Enfield, London. Working not too far from the Warner Bros. lot, on a soundstage, the crew built the kind of basement you expect to see in a horror movie: dark, wet, and dangerous.
But, hopefully, like the first film, The Conjuring 2 isn’t the kind of movie we expect.
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