Not only is James Wan one of the most in-demand directors in Hollywood, he’s a comic book writer, too. Kind of. Wan co-created the comic Malignant Man, which Fox owns the movie rights to, and now a director is attached to the project... you know, besides James Wan.
The project has been around for several years but now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Brad Peyton, the director of San Andreas, is attached to direct the adaptation. The current script is by Zak Olkewicz and Wan will produce.
Malignant Man was originally released in 2011. It’s about a man who thinks he’s going to die due to a brain tumor, but it turns out it’s actually an alien that gives him powers. Fox got the rights back in 2014.
Wan just released The Conjuring 2 and will next direct Aquaman. Peyton has several potential projects on his list, including a sequel to San Andreas and the video game adaptation Rampage, so there’s no timetable for when this film could happen. It could be next, it could be several years from now, it could be never. We’ll see!