James Wan

Film Director / Screenwriter / Writer / Film Producer / Executive Producer | * 02/27/1977 (46) | Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian filmmaker. He has primarily worked in the horror genre as the co-creator of the Saw and Insidious franchises and the creator of The Conjuring Universe. The lattermost is the highest-grossing horror franchise at over $2 billion. Wan is also the founder of film and television production company Atomic Monster. Beginning his career with the Saw franchise, Wan made his feature directorial debut with his first film in 2004. The franchise became commercially successful and grossed more than $1 billion globally. Following a period of setbacks, Wan found new success with the Insidious series, in which he directed the first film in 2010 and its 2013 sequel. The same year as the second Insidious, Wan directed the first Conjuring film to critical and commercial success. He served as the director of... ()
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James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is a Malaysia-born Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and comic book writer. He has primarily worked in the horror genre as the co-creator of the "Saw" and "Insidious" franchises and the creator of "The Conjuring" universe. Wan is also the founder of Atomic Monster Productions, which has produced film and television projects.After directing the micro-budget film "Stygian" (2000), Wan made his professional feature directorial debut with "Saw" (2004). The film was a hit and launched a franchise that has grossed more than $1 billion globally. Following a period of setbacks with the underperforming titles "Dead Silence" and "Death Sentence" (both 2007), Wan returned to commercial success with the PG-13 supernatural horror-fantasy "Insidious" (2010), and went on to direct "Insidious: Part 2" (2013) and to produce further sequels in the series. In between his two "Insidious" projects, Wan directed the more traditional supernatural horror film "The Conjuring" (2013), which achieved enormous critical and commercial success and spawned a sprawling set of sequels and spin-offs collectively known as The Conjuring Universe. Wan served as the director of "The Conjuring 2" (2016) while producing subsequent films in the franchise such as "Annabelle" (2014) and "The Nun" (2018). The Conjuring Universe is the second highest-grossing horror franchise at over $2 billion.Outside of horror, Wan directed "Furious 7" (2015), the seventh installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, and the DC Extended Universe superhero film "Aquaman" (2018). Both grossed over $1 billion, making Wan the eighth director with two films to reach the milestone. He is the 20th highest-grossing director of all time as of 2021, with his films having grossed over $3.6 billion worldwide.

Most frequent genres for this person: Horror | Thriller | Mystery

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Movies with James Wan as Actor(6)

as Tour Bus Passenger2015 Lavalantula
as Theater Director2015 Insidious: Chapter 3
as himself2008 Not Quite Hollywood
as himself2006 Hitchcocked!

TV Shows/Series with James Wan as Actor(1)

Movies with James Wan as Crew(82)

Production/Producer2025 M3GAN 2.0
Writing/Characters2025 M3GAN 2.0
Production/Producer2024 Night Swim
Production/Producer2024 Saw XI
Writing/Characters2024 Saw XI
Production/Producer2023 Arachnophobia
Production/Executive Producer2023 Saw X
Writing/Original Film Writer2023 Saw X
Production/Producer2023 Salem's Lot
Directing/Director2023 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Production/Producer2023 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Production/Producer2023 Milk
Production/Producer2023 The Last Train to New York
Production/Producer2023 Knight Rider
Production/Producer2023 Van Helsing
Production/Producer2023 Insidious: The Red Door
Production/Producer2023 Below
Production/Producer2023 The Nun II
Writing/Characters2023 The Nun II
Production/Producer2023 The Backrooms
Production/Producer2023 Smart House
Production/Producer2023 Lights Out 2
Production/Producer2023 Mortal Kombat 2
Production/Producer2023 Sweet Tooth
Production/Producer2023 The Conjuring 4
Production/Producer2022 M3GAN
Writing/Story2022 M3GAN
Production/Producer2021 There's Someone Inside Your House
Production/Producer2021 Mortal Kombat
Production/Executive Producer2021 Spiral: From the Book of Saw
Directing/Director2021 Malignant
Production/Producer2021 Malignant
Writing/Story2021 Malignant
Production/Producer2019 Annabelle Comes Home
Writing/Story2019 Annabelle Comes Home
Production/Producer2019 The Curse of La Llorona
Production/Producer2018 Insidious: The Last Key
Production/Producer2018 The Nun
Writing/Story2018 The Nun
Directing/Director2018 Aquaman
Writing/Story2018 Aquaman
Crew/Creator2017 Jigsaw
Production/Executive Producer2017 Jigsaw
Production/Producer2017 Annabelle: Creation
Directing/Director2016 The Conjuring 2
Production/Producer2016 The Conjuring 2
Writing/Story2016 The Conjuring 2
Writing/Screenplay2016 The Conjuring 2
Production/Producer2016 Lights Out
Directing/Director2015 Furious 7
Production/Producer2015 Demonic
Production/Producer2015 Insidious: Chapter 3
Production/Producer2014 Annabelle
Directing/Director2013 The Conjuring
Directing/Director2013 Insidious: Chapter 2
Writing/Story2013 Insidious: Chapter 2
Production/Executive Producer2010 Saw 3D
Directing/Director2010 Insidious
Editing/Editor2010 Insidious
Production/Executive Producer2009 Saw VI
Writing/Original Film Writer2009 Saw VI
Directing/Director2008 Doggie Heaven (Woof!)
Writing/Story2008 Doggie Heaven (Woof!)
Production/Executive Producer2008 Saw V
Directing/Director2007 Death Sentence
Directing/Director2007 Dead Silence
Writing/Writer2007 Dead Silence
Production/Executive Producer2007 Saw IV
Production/Executive Producer2006 Saw III
Writing/Story2006 Saw III
Writing/Writer2006 The Scott Tibbs Documentary
Production/Executive Producer2005 Saw II
Writing/Characters2005 Saw: Rebirth
Directing/Director2004 Saw
Writing/Story2004 Saw
Directing/Director2003 Saw
Editing/Editor2003 Saw
Directing/Director2000 Stygian
Writing/Screenplay2000 Stygian

TV Shows/Series with James Wan as Crew(6)

Production/Executive Producer2022 Archive 81
Production/Executive Producer2021 I Know What You Did Last Summer
Production/Executive Producer2021 Aquaman: King of Atlantis
Production/Executive Producer2019 Swamp Thing
Directing/Director2016 MacGyver
Production/Executive Producer2016 MacGyver

Additional Information

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Full Name: James Wan
Citizenship: Australia
Born: Sunday, 02/27 1977 (February) in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia) (current age: 46 years + 361 days)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: RMIT University, Lake Tuggeranong College
Member of: Writers Guild of America, West
Spouses (current/former): Ingrid Bisu
Other names for James Wan (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"제임스 완"
"Джеймс Ван"
James Wan frequently works together with these people:
Leigh Whannell (51x, Crew)
Michael Clear (27x, Crew)
Joseph Bishara (22x, Crew)
Gary Dauberman (17x, Crew)
Eleanor Sabaduquia (17x, Crew)
Patrick Wilson (14x, Actor)
Oren Koules (14x, Crew)
Joe Dzuban (13x, Crew)
Charlie Clouser (13x, Crew)
Judson Scott (13x, Crew)
Daniel J. Heffner (12x, Crew)
Peter M. Lenkov (6x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2848, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 02/21/2024