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Why Andy Serkis Is The Best Option As Director For Venom 2

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Rumors move fast in the Hollywood business, and sometimes what’s valid and in the running one day becomes debunked the next. Sometimes though, rumors pan out, and the truth is soon revealed. Much like today, when Andy Serkis was confirmed as the director for Sony’s Venom 2.

After a weekend of whispers of meetings between Andy Serkis and Sony, as well as a tease from Tom Hardy, the former baddie from Black Panther is now going to go behind the cameras to craft a superpowered flick of his own. Which is fantastic, because as far as I’m concerned, Andy Serkis is the best damned option for directing Venom 2. Here are the reasons why.

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Andy Serkis’s Name Is A Potential Draw For Non-Venom Fans

Before we go too far, I must vouch for myself as someone who wasn’t a big fan of the first Venom film. It felt like another low-rent remake of The Mask, and that title was previously held by the equally disappointing Spider-Man 3. It was a precedent that made the eventual announcement of a sequel a frightful prospect.

Now, with Andy Serkis announced to direct Venom 2, there’s hope for a better, more cohesive sequel. There are a lot of components that go into this hopeful attitude, but with Sony taking the approach of hiring a director as fresh and fantastic as Serkis, it could be enough to boost those grosses for the sequel by bringing people who wrote the first film off back to the table.

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His Extensive Mo-Cap Experience Would Be Perfect For Venom 2

One of the things that kind of sucked about Venom was that it didn’t use the industry accepted/really cool strategy of putting its lead actor into a motion-capture suit for their CG character. According to Tom Hardy himself, the stature of the character would have been too difficult to scale down to a more practical approach.

An early pioneer of the technology and a practiced performer in the mo-cap world, Andy Serkis being the director could probably mean that his production company, The Imaginarium, would be involved with the filming of Venom 2. Meaning that if anyone could overcome that hurdle, leading to a more organic blend between Hardy’s Eddie Brock and his symbiote alter-ego, it’d Serkis without a question.

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Andy Serkis Is Already A Marvel Studios Veteran

Thanks to his appearances as in Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther, Andy Serkis has indeed gotten some experience in the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to acting, his Imaginarium also provided mo-cap services for Avengers: Age of Ultron, so there’s a technical experience background in the world of superheroes as well.

Both sides of the camera have given Andy Serkis a unique skill set to bring some that MCU sheen and panache over to a universe that exists adjacent to that larger world. While it hasn’t been directly tied into the fold just yet, a better quality Venom 2 could mean that these universes are one step closer to actually colliding.

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Tom Hardy Already Approved Of His Potential Venom 2 Hiring

If your lead actor can get behind your choice of director, then most of the groundwork is already there for your film to succeed. During the rumor phase of Andy Serkis’ connection to Venom 2, Tom Hardy certainly sent signals of approval by crafting an Instagram tweet that basically called Serkis’ candidacy fire. This confirmed his hiring could turn Venom 2 into a full five alarm fire of chemistry between the film’s new director and its returning star.

That not only means the motion-capture subject could very easily be revisited, but the performance we get out of Tom Hardy on either side of his character’s mental coin could be that much better. And if there was anything good to be highlighted in Venom, it was how Hardy could deliver a somewhat entertaining performance built on inferior material.

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Seeing Woody Harrelson And Andy Serkis Reuniting Could Amp Things Up

Working as enemies in War for the Planet of the Apes, Woody Harrelson and Andy Serkis gave audiences a showdown that delivered an emotional close to a trilogy that kept getting better with each step forward. It’s one of those connections that you can bet came up as one of the first thoughts when hearing Serkis was going to possibly be on board for Venom 2.

Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady, a.k.a. Carnage, was tipped as the big bad for Venom 2, thanks to a short but sweet mid-credits sequence that promised the future was gonna be filled with carnage. As an actor, and now director, Andy Serkis knows what he needs to do in order to bring out the best performance he can from Harrelson, meaning that even if this sequel is a PG-13 blockbuster, things will still get pretty damned dark.

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Walking The Line Between Tones Is An Andy Serkis Specialty

Not everyone knows it, but Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: King of the Jungle is an absolute gem when it comes to the films of Netflix’s original acquisitions. Taking Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and adapting it into a product that distances itself from Disney’s live-action remake, the film had a darkness to it that had never been seen in a previous adaptation of the story – and it was still a PG-13 movie you could watch with older kids.

Producer Avi Arad has gone on record as wanting to keep the Venom series PG-13, so it’s more than likely that the R-rated barrier for Marvel’s modern film output won’t be broken just yet. That concern doesn’t matter that much with Andy Serkis on board, as his ability to balance tones has been seen as early as his performance as Gollum in The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Mowgli’s sharpening of his skills only makes this an even better possibility for Venom 2 to get an upgrade.

A director is only as good as his tools and materials, so while Andy Serkis’ chops as a helmer might make a lot of difference for Venom 2, the film’s script will be another hurdle his skills will have to cross. Though with Kelly Marcel being the only remaining writer from Venom, the change in writer’s room might be another easy way for this film to succeed. Time, as usual, will be the judge, but for now, Venom 2 is looking mighty exciting!

Venom 2 has no official release date, but has been speculated as the film that will fill the “Untitled Sony/Marvel Sequel” slot of October 2, 2020. As soon as any further information in that front is presented, we’ll break those updates as soon as they occur. Meanwhile, the 2019 release schedule will be your best friend to finding your next adventure at the movies.

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The Eternals May Be Casting A Captain Marvel Actor To Play A Different Character

Every now and then since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started, there have been instances where an actor who played a character in one of the franchise’s movies goes on to play a different character in a TV show, and vice-versa. For example, Mahershala Ali played Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes on Netflix’s Luke Cage, and now he’s been hired to play Blade on the big screen.

It’s quite rare, however, to see an actor in the MCU play two different roles within only the movies, but that scenario might be in play for The Eternals, as Captain Marvel’s Gemma Chan is being eyed to join that cosmic tale.

According to Variety, Gemma Chan, who previously appeared as Starforce member Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, is in talks to star in The Eternals. What’s unclear is whether she would be reprising Minn-Erva or appearing as someone brand-new to the MCU. Some of the outlet’s sources believe it’s the latter option.

Furthermore, The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit has heard that Sersi, one of the most important characters in the Eternals mythology, is appearing in the movie as the “ostensible lead.” That said, it remains to be seen if this is the role Gemma Chan is being eyed for, but if it is, then this would be a major career triumph for her.

Outside of the MCU, Gemma Chan’s notable credits include movies like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Crazy Rich Asians and Mary Queen of Scotts, as well as playing Anita/Mia in the AMC series Humans. In Captain Marvel, Chan’s Minn-Erva served as Starforce’s sniper, but she perished when engaging Maria Rambeau in an aerial battle.

That rules out a present-day appearance from Minn-Erva in the MCU, but what about in the past? After all, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that like their comic book counterparts, the film versions of the Eternals have been around for tens of thousands of years. The problem is that even the Kree aren’t as long-lived as the Eternals, so seeing a millennia-younger Minn-Erva is extremely unlikely.

In any case, assuming Gemma Chan does sign on to The Eternals and play someone new, perhaps this will open the door wider for people who’ve had minor roles in previous MCU movies to shine in starring roles now.

Thus far, The Eternals’ main cast officially consists of Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Lia McHugh as Sprite and Done Lee as Gilgamesh. Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan has also reportedly signed on, although his character hasn’t been identified. Chloe Zhao is directing the movie, and Matthew and Ryan Firpo wrote the script.

The Eternals is currently filming and set to be released in theaters on November 6, 2020, so keep checking back in with CinemaBlend for more updates on its progress. For now, you can keep track of what other Marvel movies are on the way in our handy guide.

5 Ways Hobbs And Shaw Could Be Even More Fun

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Warning! The following contains SPOILERS for Hobbs & Shaw. Read at your own risk!

Hobbs & Shaw had a strong box office debut, and its CinemaScore is a strong indicator that the Fast and Furious spinoff could be the first of many with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham at the lead. Clearly there’s some magic between these two that really connects with audiences (it has an A- Cinemascore), although it may be a stretch to say this first movie is perfect on all fronts.

Hobbs & Shaw is fun, but it could be even more entertaining if it polished some of the things we saw in this first film, and perhaps found a better way to make other things work. Here’s some of the things I saw that could’ve been just a bit better, and could certainly be improved upon if a sequel is in the cards.

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More Character Background

Going into Hobbs & Shaw, we knew a bit about Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, and at the end, what did we learn? Sure, we learned that Hobbs had a falling-out with his family and Shaw had a falling-out with his sister, but we didn’t really get that deeper level of connection with either character that this spinoff could’ve given audiences.

For example, it would’ve been great to learn about the biggest blank in Hobbs daughter’s family tree: her mother. What’s the story on that? What about the numerous teases about Shaw not actually being as bad a guy as he sounds? When will we get the full story about his past? The Fast & Furious franchise has always developed characters in piecemeal increments, but I’d love for another film to put more effort into deepening these characters stories and making them feel more real.

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More Original Comedy Over Meta References And Cameos

There’s a lot of great in-jokes in Hobbs & Shaw that break the fourth wall and play on the lives of both Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. There’s the Kevin Hart cameo that plays on his and Johnson’s real-life friendship, and Jason Statham’s reference to The Italian Job, but then there’s that whole Ryan Reynolds bit. Audiences love Ryan Reynolds, but did we need him doing his trademark shtick in this film?

Personally, I feel like Hobbs & Shaw could’ve done a little more with working in more physical comedy. The sequence with the retinal scanner was one of the best bits of the movie, and more sequences like that would’ve been better than some of the injected meta humor that wasn’t necessarily bad, but not the strongest humor of the movie. More physical comedy keeps the action high as well, which is what all Fast & Furious fans love to see.

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Let’s See Hobbs And Shaw In More Danger

While Hobbs and Shaw were certainly down on their luck a number of times in their first spinoff movie, it was rare when they were truly in serious danger. In fact, in all of the three fights where they took on Brixton Lore, they won two of them and stalemated the first encounter. Of course, they’re the heroes of the film, but one would think a super-powered villain could’ve really messed them up at least once.

This phenomena isn’t unique to Hobbs & Shaw of course, as the entire Fast and Furious franchise has instances of characters walking away largely unscathed from catastrophic car accidents, explosions, and otherwise. Still, when Hobbs got blasted away by Brixton and then got up like he just tripped and hit the pavement moments earlier, it kind of weakens the villains. Take it from John Wick, a hero can take a beating, win, and still look like a bad ass. Seeing Hobbs and Shaw take a beating and come back stronger would only improve them!

Hattie Hobbs & Shaw

Hobbs And Shaw Need A Crew

Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw are great characters, and Hobbs & Shaw proved both are capable of carrying a movie on their own. Still, one can’t help but think things would’ve been better if they had a crew to help them with future jobs or encounters with the terrorist organization Eteon. If nothing else, the duo could’ve avoided that brutal shock sequence with just a couple more people to serve as a distraction.

Fortunately, it seemed like Hobbs & Shaw was definitely making an effort to create a crew of sorts for future movies. There’s Shaw’s sister Hattie and their mother Magdalene, Hobbs Samoan family, CIA agents Locke and Loeb, and who can forget air marshal Dinkley? It’s the start of what could be a hilarious crew, provided plans are in place to give these characters things to do in the future.

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More Queenie Shaw

From the first time Helen Mirren appeared in the Fast & Furious franchise, it appeared there were big things in store for Magdalene “Queenie” Shaw. She is the woman who birthed Deckard, Owen and Hattie after all, so one has to think she’s a force to be reckoned with even in her advanced age. Unfortunately, Hobbs & Shaw only showed a bit more of Queenie, and we’re left to hope she’ll have a larger presence in future films.

To be fair, the odds of that happening in a sequel appear to be elevated given the post-credit sequence implied that Hattie and Shaw sprung their dear old mum from prison. Did Queenie decide she’s over her “vacation,” and if so, why is it she’s so keen on getting out? I’d like to think she’s looking to help her children in whatever future beef they have with Eteon, but what can she bring to the table?

Based on what little is revealed about her in The Fate of the Furious, we can assume she’s a well-connected crime lord who could pose a threat to even someone as tough as Dominic Torretto. Queenie may not be the powerhouse fighter every other major character in this franchise is, but she was shown to be an adept lock picker. Perhaps a sequel or maybe even Fast and Furious 9 could show her putting those skills to work on a larger task?

Constructive criticism aside, Hobbs & Shaw is still a solid film and certainly worth checking out in theaters right now. Stick with CinemaBlend for more updates on the Fast and Furious franchise going forward and for more news in the world of movies and television.

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Shazam! Director Wants More Of The Shazam Family In The Sequel

Billy Batson was naturally the star of Shazam!, but by the time the movie ended, he wasn’t the only new superhero on the DC Extended Universe block. During the climactic showdown with Doctor Thaddeus Sivana, Billy used the Wizard Shazam’s staff to share his powers with his foster siblings, resulting in them being Shazam-ified.

Rest assured, Mary Bromfield, Freddy Freeman, Eugene Choi, Pedro Peña and Darla Dudley becoming superheroes wasn’t temporary. In fact, director David F. Sandberg plans on having the Shazam family (or Shazamily, if you prefer) play a bigger role in Shazam! 2. In Sandberg’s words:

Family, be it biological or through different bonds, has always been an important part of the Shazam mythos. While Eugene, Pedro and Darla have only been around for a little under a decade, Mary and Freddy been fighting the forces of evil with Shazam, previously known as Captain Marvel, for almost as long as he’s been around. Billy may go on his own adventures here and there or serve on a team like the Justice League, but barring any unusual circumstances, he always has family to turn back to.

In the case of the Shazam! movie, it pulled from the New 52 source material by having Billy Batson bring his foster siblings into the superhero life not too long after he was drawn in, only this time it was Doctor Sivana controlling the Seven Deadly Sins rather than Black Adam. Billy snapped the Wizard Shazam’s staff afterwards to prevent Sivana from harnessing its power, but the abilities the other kids received beforehand are permanent.

While some longtime Shazam fans might have thought the entire Shazam family would be saved for another installment, David F. Sandberg decided to bring them in right out the gate in order to help make Shazam! the best it could be. As he put it:

Regardless, Shazam! 2 is being put on the fast-track, namely because the kids are getting older. The main appeal of the Shazam mythos is how a regular kid can turn into a superhero with just a word, and if you wait too long and they start to look more like adults, then part of the charm is gone. That’s a problem that will need to be solved eventually, but as long as Shazam! 2 gets underway relatively soon, it shouldn’t be too big a deal.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all the latest and greatest updates concerning Shazam! 2, but for now, look through our DC movies guide to learn what else is in development for this superhero franchise.

Apparently, A Goonies 2 Pitch Was Written But Never Produced

The Goonies is one of the beloved movies the ’80s ever produced. Heartfelt, funny, frightening, and full of lovable, quirky characters, the film captured the hearts and curiosities of millions and became an instant classic. In fact, it’s still so popular that even Deadpool had something to say about the film. Oh, and the main characters even appeared as LEGOs. Couple those references with the fact that the film’s screenwriter won’t ever abandon a sequel and you’ve got a film that won’t ever leave our cultural consciousness.

Unfortunately for that screenwriter, one of the film’s leading actors basically confirmed that a sequel is unlikely. Improbable might even be a better word. During a recent interview with Us Magazine, The Goonies star Corey Feldman revealed that budget constraints kept a sequel from ever being greenlit.

A sequel to The Goonies would’ve been cool, but where could they have taken the story? The original wrapped things up so well that it’s difficult to imagine a sequel stacking up or even being necessary.

That questions coupled with this new revelation from Corey Feldman, is probably why Sean Astin (who, long after The Goonies, also appeared in another kid-led mystery series) doesn’t think a sequel will ever happen. Knowing what we know now, he’s probably correct. And that’s a bummer for the generations of fans, especially because both Corey Feldman and Sean Astin have been fighting for a sequel for decades.

Alas, the pair of actors would know this disappointment better than anyone. And it sounds like they were undoubtedly quite disappointed when Richard Donner shot down the idea. I would have too, especially if I was associated with the film the way they are.

On a more positive note, it’s nice to see that two of the movie’s best and most famous actors are still passionate about the project, even if making it isn’t feasible. All of the film’s performers emanate enthusiasm. I noticed it when I watched the film as a kid and I still catch it every time I watch it now.

It’s somewhat sad, but any hope for a Goonies sequel is probably squashed now. Despite the film world’s penchant for reboots.

What do you think? Where would you have liked to see them take the story if it were ever produced? Would making a sequel to The Goonies even have been a good idea or does the classic stand well enough on its own? I’m going with the latter option, but tell us what you think. Sound off in the comments below and make sure you check out our 2019 movie release schedule.

Venom 2 Has Found Its Director

It may not have been critically well-received, but given the ridiculous amount of money Venom made in theaters, it’s hardly surprising that Sony is moving forward with a sequel. However, because he’s been busy with another Sony picture, Zombieland: Double Tap, director Ruben Fleischer will not return to helm Venom 2. Instead, that job is being passed to Andy Serkis.

It was reported last week that Andy Serkis was being look at to direct Venom 2, among other candidates like Rupert Wyatt and Travis Knight. Now, THR has dropped the news that Serkis has signed a deal to tackle the next cinematic adventure of the symbiote-powered Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy.

The Best New Skin Care Products Launching in August 2019

Not to throw shade at new makeup launches—hello, we love a long-wear concealer—but few things are more exciting than the genius innovations and technology that crop up regularly in skin care. This month especially, a whole slew of glow-imparting, dry-patch-banishing skin care products are landing on shelves. As summer starts to heat up, we can finally swap our heavy creams for dewy lotions.

From a game-changing overnight mask to an illuminating oil, the latest and greatest formulas offer new options for every skin type and concern. Skin looking duller than an encyclopedia? Need a new moisturizer? Just curious? Whatever the reason, you’ll find everything you’re looking for—and maybe a few surprises—below. Scroll on for the best new skin care products dropping in August. We’ll be updating our list as our editors try more game changers throughout the month.

Chris Harrison Just Spilled Some Tea on Tyler Cameron’s Dates With Hannah Brown and Gigi Hadid

Chris Harrison has some updates for Bachelor Nation about what’s going on between Tyler Cameron, Hannah Brown, and Gigi Hadid.

If you’re unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, let’s back up. Last week, we learned on The Bachelorette season finale that Brown ultimately chose Jed Wyatt over Cameron—but conflicting stories over Wyatt’s previous relationship history caused Brown to end their engagement. So now some fans are hoping she and her first runner-up, Cameron, get together.

It seemed like this was happening last Thursday, August 1, when we learned Cameron had spent the night at Brown’s house. But then we were hit with a curveball: On Sunday, August 4, Cameron and supermodel Gigi Hadid were spotted seemingly on a date in Brooklyn, New York. Fans, as you can imagine, went wild over this news.

So what is the truth? Is Tyler Cameron dating Gigi Hadid? Is he dating Hannah Brown? According to Chris Harrison, it’s neither. “People need to pump the brakes a little bit,” he tells Glamour. “Tyler and Hannah are not in a relationship. I don’t even think Hannah wanted a relationship. She just wanted to see him again, see where it stood. They’re friends. So Tyler’s not cheating on Hannah, Hannah’s not cheating on Tyler. Gigi Hadid is not even in this. There’s not even a love triangle. Everyone can pump their brakes a little bit.”

Hannah Brown echoed this sentiment in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I have feelings, but I’m also single and he’s single and I wanna keep my options open and he can keep his options open,” she told the outlet.

As for why Cameron might’ve gone on that date with Hadid, Harrison says, “I guess Tyler is a young, single guy, and he’s hitting the world as this popular, famous guy from our show. I know they get a lot of attention. I would just say to Tyler, he may want to call Blake, and maybe get a little advice on letting things go to your head.” Harrison is referring to Blake Horstmann, who reportedly dates several women on this season of Bachelor in Paradise and runs into trouble.

Speaking of other shows in this franchise: How will Cameron’s dates with Hadid and Brown affect his chances of becoming the next Bachelor? Harrison says, “This particular situation doesn’t affect it, but once we get to a point where we’re trying to figure out who the Bachelor is, we’re going to do a count, and [consider], ‘Is Tyler out there playing the field? Dating around?’ And that’s fine, but that’s not someone we’re going to want as the Bachelor. We want someone who is sincere, really looking for love, ready to settle down. And if that’s where you are in your life where you’re ready to hit the town and date around, then that’s fine, but that’s maybe not for us.”

Chris Harrison Just Spilled Some Tea on Tyler Cameron’s Dates With Gigi Hadid and Hannah Brown

Chris Harrison has some updates for Bachelor Nation about what’s going on between Tyler Cameron, Hannah Brown, and Gigi Hadid.

If you’re unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, let’s back up. Last week, we learned on The Bachelorette season finale that Brown ultimately chose Jed Wyatt over Cameron—but conflicting stories over Wyatt’s previous relationship history caused Brown to end their engagement. So now some fans are hoping she and her first runner-up, Cameron, get together.

It seemed like this was happening last Thursday, August 1, when we learned Cameron had spent the night at Brown’s house. But then we were hit with a curveball: On Sunday, August 4, Cameron and supermodel Gigi Hadid were spotted seemingly on a date in Brooklyn, New York. Fans, as you can imagine, went wild over this news.

So what is the truth? Is Tyler Cameron dating Gigi Hadid? Is he dating Hannah Brown? According to Chris Harrison, it’s neither. “People need to pump the brakes a little bit,” he tells Glamour. “Tyler and Hannah are not in a relationship. I don’t even think Hannah wanted a relationship. She just wanted to see him again, see where it stood. They’re friends. So Tyler’s not cheating on Hannah, Hannah’s not cheating on Tyler. Gigi Hadid is not even in this. There’s not even a love triangle. Everyone can pump their brakes a little bit.”

Hannah Brown echoed this sentiment in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I have feelings, but I’m also single and he’s single and I wanna keep my options open and he can keep his options open,” she told the outlet.

As for why Cameron might’ve gone on that date with Hadid, Harrison says, “I guess Tyler is a young, single guy, and he’s hitting the world as this popular, famous guy from our show. I know they get a lot of attention. I would just say to Tyler, he may want to call Blake, and maybe get a little advice on letting things go to your head.” Harrison is referring to Blake Horstmann, who reportedly dates several women on this season of Bachelor in Paradise and runs into trouble.

Speaking of other shows in this franchise: How will Cameron’s dates with Hadid and Brown affect his chances of becoming the next Bachelor? Harrison says, “This particular situation doesn’t affect it, but once we get to a point where we’re trying to figure out who the Bachelor is, we’re going to do a count, and [consider], ‘Is Tyler out there playing the field? Dating around?’ And that’s fine, but that’s not someone we’re going to want as the Bachelor. We want someone who is sincere, really looking for love, ready to settle down. And if that’s where you are in your life where you’re ready to hit the town and date around, then that’s fine, but that’s maybe not for us.”

Aquaman’s James Wan Reveals Plans For His Next Horror Movie

We’ve known for a little bit that director James Wan’s next film wouldn’t be Aquaman 2 and last week we learned that he would be making a new horror movie before diving back in to the world of Atlantis. At the time, details were scarce about James Wan’s return to the genre where he made his name, but the director has now opened the door just a smidge. Taking to social media to reveal plans for his next horror movie, James Wan said:

After spending a long time working on the very expensive and CGI-driven Aquaman, James Wan is going in the complete opposite direction for his follow-up. As he explained on Facebook (via Bloody Disgusting), James Wan’s next movie, which remains untitled, will take the director back to his indie roots for a film that will utilize practical effects and not the CGI that dominates modern moviemaking.

James Wan sounds genuinely excited at the prospect of this indie, old school approach after working on Aquaman and it’s probably a great move for him to do this film before jumping back in to Aquaman 2, lest he get burnt out on that style of filmmaking. As far as the content of his next horror movie, James Wan kept things close to the vest, not revealing any plot details whatsoever, but he did confirm that it would be an original horror idea.

That rules out the director returning to his Conjuring Universe or secretly rebooting another horror property like A Nightmare on Elm Street. His upcoming film at New Line will be entirely original and not based on any existing IP, which is also in contrast to Aquaman and studio filmmaking in general these days, although original horror is still thriving.

In describing the project, James Wan called it both “an original horror idea” and a “hard-R thriller.” Horror and thriller aren’t always the same thing but the two can overlap and the thriller side of things is intriguing and makes me think this could be something scary but also very psychological from the director, but that’s just speculation.

What is clear is that even before his next horror film begins principal photography, James Wan is aiming to make a hard-R movie. From the director of Saw, that news is sure to excite horror fans. James Wan is co-writing the script for his new movie with Ingrid Bisu and it is expected to begin filming in Los Angeles this fall.

We don’t yet know if James Wan will definitively return to the director’s chair for Aquaman 2, but after the success of the first movie, fans and Warner Bros. surely want him too. Doing a smaller horror film sounds like the exact kind of thing to refresh the director should he choose to return for that sequel. Either way, we get a new entry in the horror genre from the director that brought us Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring Universe.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about James Wan’s new horror movie. In the meantime, check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what’s headed to theaters this fall.