Although it was rumored for a while that Furious 7 director James Wan was deliberating between Warner Brothers’ big-screen version of Aquaman or directing the live-action version of classic ’80s anime import Robotech for Sony, it looks like the director has signed on officially for both projects. After the huge success of Furious 7, well over a billion and half dollars and counting (not bad for a franchise that started out as a Point Break knockoff, but with cars), Wan has become a director every studio wants to work with.
“The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material,” said Warner Bros’ Greg Silverman in a statement.
Not a lot of new information was in the official announcement, except for the brief description that Aquaman “is caught between a surface world ravaging the sea, and the Atlanteans who are looking to lash out in revolt.” Hmmm…sounds like the Aquaman-centric story arc in the Justice League animated series which featured Arthur’s brother Orm, a.k.a Ocean Master. It could be very Game of Thrones-ish, only underwater, which is fitting, since it’ll be starring Jason Momoa who made a name for himself on that particular show.before heading into Atlantean territory, James Wan is set to direct the sequel to The Conjuring this fall for a 2016 release. Aquaman is currently slated for a 2018 release date.
As for Robotech, it looks like Sony is willing to wait for Wan, which means we could be waiting at least until 2019 to see the movie, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Sony’s description of Robotech goes something like this:
“Robotech is a sprawling sci-fi epic that takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific island. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions. The first invasion concerns a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship’s energy source, known as ‘protoculture,’ and the planet’s survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.”
Yup, that sounds very faithful to the show, so if that’s Wan’s vision for the movie, we’re in good hands.