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In the ever-growing slate of upcoming superhero movies from Marvel and DC, it’s easy to let one or two exciting projects slip past you. One such project may well be Malignant Man, 20th Century Fox’s cinematic adaptation of the cult comic book, co-written by The Conjuring 2 and Aquaman director James Wan.

The project has floated anonymously across Hollywood over the past few years but now The Hollywood Reporter are saying it has San Andreas director Brad Peyton attached to it. Wan will produce.

The story of Malignant Man focuses on Alex Gates, a patient dying of a terminal disease who is resigned to his fate … until he discovers that his malignant tumour is actually a mysterious alien parasite. He’s armed with incredible powers and suddenly tasked with fighting a creepy army while discovering more about himself.

Sounds pretty damn good to us! The graphic novel was originally released in 2011, with Fox acquiring the rights in 2014. It further cements Wan’s status as a filmmaking superstar, on the back of directing the first Saw film, launching the Insidious franchise while also garnering critical acclaim for helming both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. In between those two horror successes, Wan also directed Fast & Furious 7 to one of the greatest box office hauls ever seen.

Wan is hot stuff right now, and he’ll be taking his myriad talents into the DC Extended Universe as the director of Aquaman.

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