Did you know James Wan wrote a graphic novel called Malignant Man three years ago? I sure didn’t, but apparently Fox did, and now they want the director to both develop and helm a feature film adaptation of it. Coming off very successful horror efforts like the Insidious series and The Conjuring, not to mention the original Saw, Wan is an extremely hot property in Hollywood right now. He’s currently busy finishing up with Fast & Furious 7, but after that, he should be free to develop his graphic novel into a feature film.
For those who haven’t read, or even heard of Malignant Man, it follows Alan Gates, “a cancer patient with a terminal diagnosis who is resigned to his fate until he discovers that his tumor is actually a mysterious parasite. Granted a second lease on life and incredible, otherworldly powers, Alan must fight against an evil army buried beneath society’s skin, all the while unlocking the secrets of his forgotten past.”
Sounds like a pretty unique story, and the supernatural/horror elements will certainly fit well within Wan’s wheelhouse. However, the director stated not too long ago that he was done with the horror genre for good, and though Malignant Man doesn’t fall entirely into that genre, it does sound like it will dip its toes into it, at least a little bit.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I want to see Wan return to horror just as much as the next moviegoer does, I’m just surprised that he would say he’s done with horror and then choose this as his next project.
Regardless, I’ll watch anything James Wan does and Malignant Man does sound pretty promising. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any updates and let you know as soon as they arise. In the meantime, though, let us know what you think of Wan’s next project in the comments section below.