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'Saw' & 'Insidious' Director James Wan To Direct 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 10:40 PM
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Well, Universal was expected to make an announcement this week and indeed, almost seven days to the news that Justin Lin wouldn't be directing "Fast & Furious 7," the studio has found their man. And it's none of the rumored Brad Furman, Harald Zwart or Jeff Wadlow.

Frank Grillo & Maria Bello Sign On For "James Wan Presents" Supernatural Thriller

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 24, 2013 1:18 PM
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James Wan briefly looked like he could be a one-hit wonder after his phenomenal franchise-launching success with “Saw.” His directorial follow-ups to the horror sensation failed to connect like his first big hit had…but then he went and made “Insidious.” Now with two big hits on his resume, the future looks a heck of a lot brighter for Wan, with 2013 set to see the release of two more anticipated horror flicks in the form of “Insidious Chapter 2” (which has the original cast returning and picks up where the first movie left off) and “The Conjuring” (also starring Patrick Wilson, this time accompanied by Vera Farmiga).

Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson & Director James Wan Will Return For 'Insidious 2'; Film Set For August 2013 Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 19, 2012 6:25 PM
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Considering it was one of the most profitable films of 2011 -- $97 million in ticket sales off a paltry 1. $1.5 million budget, that’s a lot of profit-- we’re surprised this wasn’t announced sooner. Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson and director James Wan will all return to reprise their respective roles in the sequel to “Insidious.”

'MacGyver' Movie Moves Forward With 'Insidious' & 'Saw' Helmer James Wan To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 3:25 PM
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Well, Aunt Patty and Aunt Selma are going to be thrilled. While it might seem new, a movie about "MacGyver" has been brewing for years (at one point, the show's creator tried to sue to stop the release of "MacGruber") and it's now kicking back to life.

NYCC: Warner Bros. Introduces Us To 'The Conjuring' And Lets Us Meet 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 15, 2012 7:32 PM
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Warner Bros. was locked and loaded for Comic Con this year, armed with dual presentations for a couple of meaty genre flicks coming in 2013. The first was horror film “The Conjuring,” a James Wan picture about ghost hunters recently given the plum July 19th release date. Wan and actors Patrick Wilson, Lily Taylor and Ron Livingston were onboard to present footage from the picture.

NYCC: James Wan Developing & Considering Directing 'Insidious 2,' Talks The True Story Of 'The Conjuring'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 15, 2012 1:19 PM
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James Wan is having a moment right now. The director behind “Saw” and “Insidious” just had the release date for his next picture, “The Conjuring,” moved from early winter 2013 right into blockbuster season. But even he didn’t expect the audacious release date change, a recent shift that puts the film at the heart of next summer. “Warner Bros. has given us Chris Nolan’s slot, July 19th,” he said in awe when we caught up with him at New York Comic Con. “I’m very flattered and honored!”

James Wan & Leigh Whannell Get Moving On The Inevitable Sequel To Surprise Horror Hit 'Insidious'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2012 9:40 AM
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In a time where profitability for even the biggest movies is still a roll of the dice, there's one vein of gold than remains consistently reliable -- low-budget horror. You can make a picture for only a few million dollars, without stars, and even if it doesn't do great business (see something like "Apollo 18"), you'll still make a tidy return on your investment. And if it becomes a phenomenon, like "Paranormal Activity," then, well, it's time to order your platinum-covered limousine.

Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga To Star In James Wan's 'The Conjuring'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 22, 2012 10:47 AM
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While he’s never exactly made a standout horror film, director James Wan, the mastermind along with co-writer Leigh Whannel behind the “Saw” franchise, inched a little closer to something truly compelling with 2011’s “Insidious.” It’s a film that the Playlist didn’t exactly love, but it went on to become one of the most profitable films of 2011, as well as feature a fine ensemble that elevated Wan’s typically B-level casting with the likes of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey.

'The Divide' & 'Hitman' Director Xavier Gens Takes Up Residence In James Wan's 'House Of Horror'

  • By Ben Shearn
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  • November 23, 2011 5:35 PM
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There’s good and there’s bad in James Wan’s eight-film deal with Icon Entertainment International and Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group.

Haunted Houses & Planes: James Wan & Takashi Shimizu Line Up New Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 10:04 AM
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Ready to get scared? If you're looking for some more cheap thrills in your life, today is the day as a couple of horror auteurs (sort of) have lined up some new projects.

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