After triumphantly establishing a career in horror flicks with well-known films like Saw, Dead Silence, The Conjuring, and Insidious, the director surprisingly transitioned into big-budget blockbusters like Vin Diesel’s Fast 7 and DC's highest-grossing film, Aquaman, featuring Jason Momoa.
Following Aquaman's success at the box office, Warner Bros. immediately gives the green light to a sequel. Aside from the sequel, a spinoff was also announced titled, The Trench, which follows Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's Black Manta and the eerie sea creatures. However, the spinoff was canceled shortly after and Warner Bros. only proceed with the Aquaman sequel. Now that the spinoff was scrapped, can James Wan still use the unused concepts in another film?
In a new interview with Comicbook, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom director James Wan shared some light on his canceled DC spinoff film. When asked if he is willing to restore his scrapped concepts from The Trench and use it on another project, which is something that the director has done before, Wan straightforwardly admitted the possibility.
"Listen, I feel like everything I come up with, everything I do, if I come up with something that I don't end up using, that doesn't mean that I cannot be inspired to use that in a different way," Wan responded. "That's my problem, is I come up with a lot of ideas and I have so many ideas just percolating, but obviously, I can't use all of them. So I would say of all the different thoughts and ideas I've come up with, I end up using maybe 20-30% of them in my work, and so I do have a drawer full of ideas that could develop into something else."
James Wan is now one of the critically-acclaimed directors of the generation and the director has undoubtedly proven himself in the horror genre, and of course, in blockbuster films. The director's creativity is extremely on another level, which would allow him to incorporate scrapped concepts into another project. While The Trench appears to be a done deal, it's certain that fans would love to see Wan integrate the scrapped concept into another film.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will hit the big screens on January March 17, 2023.