Director James Wan says he wants to return to the horror genre after Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Wan made his name in the horror genre with popular horror movies such as the Saw franchise, Insidious and The Conjuring. However, he also dabbled in action movies with releases like the first Aquaman, Fast and Furious 7 and this year’s Aquaman sequel.
Speaking to Collider in a recent interview, James Wan expressed his desire to return to his horror roots. The director explained that every time he made a big-budget movie, he often felt the need to make a smaller movie afterwards, which is usually a horror movie. He previously directed the 2021 horror movie Malignant after directing Aquaman and with the DC hero’s sequel on the horizon, it sounds like Wan is returning to horror for his next project.
Wan explained to Collider that he has “an itch” to return to the genre that he built his career on:
“You know, I have a tendency to want to go back and forth. So, whenever I make a smaller film, I wanna go and make a big film. Whenever I’m doing a big one, I’m like, ‘Oh, I wanna go and do a smaller film,’ and when I do my smaller films, it tends to be a horror film. So, you know, I feel like the itch for horror is potentially calling, but we’ll see.”
Wan made his directorial debut in 2004 with the first Saw movie, kicking off a franchise in the process. While he may not be directing certain horror projects, he’s still heavily involved as a producer in upcoming movies, namely the live-action Dead by Daylight movie which is currently in the works. Wan is also the producer of the live-action Mortal Kombat movie from 2021 and will serve the same role for its sequel.