James Wan is “Finished with the Horror Genre”

Jason McDonald

Looks like James Wan is getting out of the horror game right when he’s on top of the world.  Hot on the heels of the financial and critical success of “The Conjuring”, James Wan has announced that “Insidious Chapter 2” will be his last horror film.

A few days ago director James Wan was being interviewed by MovieFone when they asked him about the likelihood of an “Insidious Chapter 3.”  To which he responded with a surprising revelation:

I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre.  “Conjuring” and “Insidious 2” are my two last scary movies. I spent the last ten years of my life doing this.  It’s time for a change, for goodness sake!

Say it ain’t so James! In my opinion, Wan’s horror films have only gotten progressively better.  After seeing “The Conjuring”, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of “Insidious 2” and whatever future horror films he was going to announce.  Now this latest news has put a kibosh on all that.  Why would someone leave the horror genre when it’s treating him so well right now?  Wan has an answer for this and it’s a reasonable one when you consider the fate of so many other horror directors.

Hollywood puts you in a box. If you do a successful comedy, then you’re known as The Comedy Guy. If you do a successful car chase movie, then you become that guy. So I’m a student of cinema, so I just want to make sure I get the chance to make other kinds of films.

James Wan is looking to successfully escape that box with his next project, “Fast and the Furious 7.”  A film that will take him far from the horror genre at break-neck speeds.  It’s sad to hear that he’s decided to make his exit, but ultimately, it may be for the best.  Whatever James Wan does next, I’m excited to see him grow and further develop his skills.  Besides, you can never really say never in Hollywood.  If the right script comes around at the right time, Wan may return to his horror roots.  But for now, we bid you adieu and wish you luck on future endeavors.

Still, this raises questions about the future of the films he brought to life.  We already know that the Conjuring 2 is in development and it seems safe to say that he won’t be directing that film.  And who could possibly take over the Insidious series if they decide to make a third film?  It’ll be interesting to see how the studios fill in the gap that Wan will be leaving in the wake of this announcement.

However, I have to imagine that Wan won’t completely abandon these projects.  Whether it’s serving as a producer or possibly even a co-writer, I imagine Wan will want to continue to be involved in this genre in one way or another.  The ideal situation is that with Wan leaving, new directors will get a chance to take on these big franchises and we’ll possibly discover some new creative talents that have been waiting in the wings. It’ll be interesting to see where this news leads.

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      1. random September 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        Enough with sequels already, majority of movies made now are sequel after sequel or remakes, what happened to original ideas? And people shouldnt be asking about the possibility of a 3rd film? To me, Insidious seemed like it wasnt made to have any sequels at all.

      2. William Ryan September 14, 2013 at 7:51 am

        I would LOVE to see him leave big-budget and him make something that he just wants to make. I love his style, it would be interesting to see him doing exactly what he envisions.

      3. Mike New September 14, 2013 at 11:28 am

        The critics gave insidious 2 a horrible review. We will leave it up to us though to see how good it really is.

      4. Jason September 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        I actually like James Wan as a horror film director, I find he brought a new life to the genre where other filmmakers were failing. He is definitely an auteur, and we won’t be able to see that as much in Fast and Furious because it’s Hollywood junk…

      5. Rafizan September 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

        I sincerely believe at some point in his career, he’s gonna make a comeback. He gotta be.