Though some fans are more excited to see James Wan return to Atlantis in a follow-up to last year’s smash hit Aquaman, the Aussie’s upcoming return to the horror genre in Malignant has his long-time fans’ anticipation soaring through the roof. The co-writer/director took to Instagram to reveal a behind-the-scenes look at the film while announcing it’s nearing the conclusion of its principal photography!
Malignant will star Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), Jake Abel (Supernatural), George Young (Containment), Maddie Hasson (Mr. Mercedes), Michole Briana White (Encino Man) and Jacqueline McKenzie (Pine Gap).
The film, whose plot is being kept under wraps, but is based on a story co-written by Wan and his fiance Ingrid Bisu, who starred in The Nun and recently got engaged to the 42-year-old Australian director. Wan will also produce the film through his Atomic Monster banner alongside Michael Clear. The film is being financed through Starlight Media and Midas Innovation, who will distribute in China as New Line handles the remaining distribution. Malignant seemingly has no relation to the James Wan penned graphic novel Malignant Man, previously set up as a feature film at Fox, though given the titles it’s not a stretch to imagine a connection.
DC Comics fans don’t have to fret, however, as Wan’s current plan is to move into pre-production on the sequel to last year’s critical and commercial smash Aquaman after production wraps on the horror project.
The August 14, 2020 release date will see Malignant going up against three other movies including Sony Pictures’ Escape Room 2, Universal’s action-thriller Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk and Disney’s star-studded film adaptation of The One and Only Ivan.