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James Wan is a big time director, but that wasn’t by design. Wan directed six movies before taking the wheel for this weekend’s Furious 7 and while many of them were huge hits, none of them compared to this. Furious 7 is a big budget blockbuster with six films preceding it. It’s also in a genre – action – that he’s never worked in. Films like Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring all connected with audiences, but they were set in small locations with moderate to small budgets. Furious 7 takes place all over the globe with some of the most insane stunts you’ve ever seen. It also had to cope with the terribly tragic death of one of its stars, Paul Walker. Which is all to say, James Wan really had to step it up.

We’ll leave the Walker discussion for after opening weekend but, with the film now in theaters, here’s the rest of our interview with James Wan. He talks about the challenge of Furious 7 acting as a sequel to two Fast and Furious movies simultaneously, changing his focus from horror to action, the size and difficulty of those massive action scenes, the fact The Rock does his signature WWE move in the film and the pressures of The Conjuring 2. Read our James Wan Furious 7 interview below. Read More »

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Some new pics, some casting, and some very interesting quotes in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ethan Suplee is also back for Mallrats 2
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 books Bella Thorne
  • Sam Jones says he’s already set for Ted 3
  • Sharknado 3 will be “the worst,” says the Hoff
  • See Zoolander and Hansel model for Valentino
  • Vin Diesel predicts Best Picture for Furious 7
  • There will be a gay couple in Independence Day 2
  • James Wan is getting to work on The Conjuring 2
  • Simon Pegg is “terrified” to write Star Trek 3

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After the jump:

  • Christopher Walken and more board Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
  • Mercedes-Benz shares a new bit of Jurassic World footage
  • Optimus Prime says Transformers 5 and 6 might be less dark
  • Liam Neeson kinda sorta maybe wants to make a Taken 4
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will shoot this summer
  • Seth Grahame-Smith teases Beetlejuice 2 and The Lego Batman Movie
  • Duncan Jones addresses the possibility of Warcraft sequels
  • James Wan‘s The Conjuring 2 is getting a rewrite
  • Check out the first poster for Toho’s Godzilla reboot

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James Wan Insidious 2

Briefly: The team behind Saw and Insidious both had their new horror movies moved around on the schedule today. Insidious Chapter 3, written and directed by Leigh Whannell, has been moved back one week to June 5, 2015. One year after that his partner in crime, James Wan, will release The Conjuring 2. The new Conjuring 2 release date is set for June 10, 2016.

Whannell wrote the first two Insidious films with Wan directing, before moving on with the franchise solo. In the interm, Wan went on and made Furious 7. The pair also co-created the Saw franchise. [Box Office Mojo]

James Wan to Direct ‘The Conjuring 2′

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Last night the news broke that New Line had pushed The Conjuring 2 out of 2015 and into an un-dated 2016 release window. We wondered if that had anything to do with the success of Annabelle, and if New Line might be thinking of making more spin-off movies based on the Warren case files, instead of doing a proper sequel. Turns out we were totally wrong — the delay is so that New Line could accommodate the Conjuring 2 director: a returning James WanRead More »

‘The Conjuring’ Sequel Pushed to 2016 [Updated]

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New Line had planned a Conjuring sequel for October 2015, but that plan has changed. Just weeks after the Conjuring spin-off Annabelle opened in the US, New Line has pulled The Conjuring 2 off the 3015 schedule, pushing it into 2016. The studio will still use that date for horror, and will release a different, as-yet untitled horror movie on the old Conjuring 2 date. Could this have anything to do with the good reception for Annabelle, which technically exists in the same series, but was a lot cheaper to make?  Read More »

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Briefly: Six months ago, who would have though James Wan’s The Conjuring would itself conjure not one, but two, follow-ups? A spin-off, Annabelle, is currently filming. Now Warner Bros. has set a prime October 23, 2015 release date for the direct sequel to the paranormal investigation film. Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes are writing and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are now confirmed to return. There’s no word on the plot, but Lorraine Warren was again interviewed extensively as research. [ERCboxoffice and Variety]

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Vin Diesel has Fast & Furious 7 and a fourth Riddick movie coming up, and now he has XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage to look forward to, too. Also after the jump:

  • Perrey Reeves will return as “Mrs. Ari” for the Entourage movie
  • Vera Farmiga says The Conjuring 2 is waiting on James Wan
  • The Purge sequel starts shooting in LA and picks up a new title
  • Lifetime is moving ahead with a Flowers in the Attic sequel
  • Here’s a better look at Transformers‘ Bumblebee in robot mode
  • … and a more detailed synopsis of the movie

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The food puns keep on coming in a new batch of posters from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Also after the jump:

  • Director Scott Derrickson will return for Sinister 2 in some capacity
  • Keri Russell offers more Dawn of the Planet of the Apes plot details
  • The Conjuring 2 won’t be about Amityville, unless Patrick Wilson is lying
  • Vin Diesel and David Twohy consider where the Riddick series will go next
  • The Farrelly Bros. announce a contest for a Dumb and Dumber To role
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies up one week on Fox’s release calendar
  • Food puns abound on new Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 posters

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