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|Wan at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2016|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1977-02-27) 27 February 1977
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
|Lives Where||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
James Wan (Kuching, Malaysia, February 27, 1977) is a Malaysian director, producer and screenwriter. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and the creation of Jigsaw, the iconic doll of the same movie. Wan also has directed Dead Silence and Death Sentence (both of 2007), Insidious (2011), The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2 (both of 2013), Furious 7 (2015), and the horror sequel The Conjuring 2: The Poltergeist from Enfield (2016), he is also in charge of directing and writing the DC Comics film Aquaman.
James Wan’s Biography
2000-2006: Stygian, Saw III
Prior to his success in the mainstream film industry with Saw, he directed two short films Stygian (2000) and Saw 0.5 (2003). Since the creation of the Saw franchise, Wan and Leigh Whannell have served as executive producers of the sequels Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI and Saw 3D.
2007-2009: Dead Silence, Death Sentence
In 2007, Wan directed two feature films. The first of which was the horror film Dead Silence, a film that was the result of Wan’s advice and Whannell’s agent at the time. Dead Silence featured the Australian actor Ryan Kwanten, and is based on the premise of a legend, so the ghost of a ventriloquist, Mary Shaw, removes the tongue of anyone who shouts in his presence. Wan’s second film as director was Death Sentence, a film adapted from the novel by Brian Garfield of the same name that is written as the sequel to Death Wish. The protagonist of the film is played by Kevin Bacon and has no connection to horror genres instead. Bacon plays a father who seeks revenge for his murdered son, who is killed by a local band. Leigh Whannell counts as a secondary character in the film, playing one of the band members who are finally killed by Bacon’s character .
2010-2013: Insidious, The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2
Next, Wan directed the horror film Insidious, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, as part of the “Midnight Madness” program and was sold to Sony Pictures Worldwide for a seven-figure sum in the four hours from the conclusion of the premiere. The film began its premiere in US theaters on the first weekend of April 2011 and achieved third place at the box office. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey, the film was made independently, as Wan sought full creative control and also wanted to make a film that was markedly different from the blood that had become synonymous due to Saw. Wan states in an interview, “the fact that Insidious was not being run by a committee really gave me the luxury of making a movie with a lot of creepy odd moments that a studio can not ‘get’.”
The horror news website Bloody Disgusting confirmed the participation as director of Wan with a movie called The Warren Archives. The film, later renamed The Conjuring, focused on the real-life exploits of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a married couple who investigated paranormal events. The film focused on the most famous case of the second couple to the disturbing Amityville, in which they investigate the curse of a witch on a family farm in Rhode Island. In his second collaboration with Patrick Wilson, he and actress Vera Farmiga play the paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, respectively. The filming began in North Carolina, United States, at the end of February 2012 and New Line Cinema, together with Warner Bros. Pictures, the film was initially scheduled for a release on January 25, 2013. A screening test for the film took place in October 2012 at the Comic Con event in New York, where it will be screened at the IGN Theater, and the feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive. At that stage, Wan had several more weeks before the film was completed. The film was released in July 2013, and has received praise from critics and the public. After working on The Conjuring, Wan directed a sequel to 2010 Insidious. The film was written again by former collaborator Wan and close friend, Whannel, and the cast of the original film returned. The filming of the sequel began in January 2013, and the film premiered on September 13, 2013. The movie’s budget had been described as “very reduced” by a media outlet. Oren Peli, the creator of the Franchise Paranormal Activity returned as executive producer. District Film distributes Insidious: Chapter 2.
2014-present: Furious 7, The Conjuring 2
James Wan appears in the year 2015 in a new role as director in the action movie Fast & amp; Furious 7, taking a new challenge after the death of one of its main protagonists: Paul Walker.Wan understood pretty well what fans want the franchise, Paul Walker remains a key character, thanks to the intelligent use of doubles and effects special Thus, on April 2, 2015 one of the most anticipated premieres was held in the world market and by James Wan himself. This was the first action movie to be directed by Wan, moving away from the terror / gore genre that characterizes him.
On October 20, 2014, Gary Maddox of The Sydney Morning Herald announced that Wan had agreed to direct The Conjuring 2 as part of a meaningful long-term agreement with New Line Cinema. Head of New Line, Toby Emmerich, explained that Wan is the only director who signed an agreement with the studio, as New Line believes that Wan is “one of a kind”. The original release date for the sequel was October 23 2015, but, according to press reports published in October 2014, New Line delayed the launch on June 10, 2016.
In June 2015, it was announced that Wan will direct two upcoming films Aquaman and Robotech.
On August 7, 2015, it was reported that it had signed to produce the reboot of the Mortal Kombat saga
James Wan Net Worth – $50 Million
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