James Wan’s Malignant sets release date for summer 2020
As production continues for Malignant, Deadline reports that Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have officially set the release date for director James Wan‘s forthcoming horror film which will be the studios’ first non-Conjuring horror collaboration with Wan. Starring Annabelle Wallis and Jake Abel, the film is scheduled to hit the theaters next year on August 14.
The August 14, 2020 release date will see Malignant going up against three other movies including Sony Pictures’ Escape Room 2, Universal’s action-thriller Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk and Disney’s star-studded film adaptation of The One and Only Ivan.
Malignant will star Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), Jake Abel (Supernatural), George Young (Containment), Maddie Hasson (Mr. Mercedes), Michole Briana White (Encino Man) and Jacqueline McKenzie (Pine Gap).
The film, whose plot is being kept under wraps, but is based on a story co-written by Wan and his fiance Ingrid Bisu, who starred in The Nun and recently got engaged to the 42-year-old Australian director. Wan will also produce the film through his Atomic Monster banner alongside Michael Clear. The film is being financed through Starlight Media and Midas Innovation, who will distribute in China as New Line handles the remaining distribution. Malignant seemingly has no relation to the James Wan penned graphic novel Malignant Man, previously set up as a feature film at Fox, though given the titles it’s not a stretch to imagine a connection.
DC Comics fans don’t have to fret, however, as Wan’s current plan is to move into pre-production on the sequel to last year’s critical and commercial smash Aquaman after production wraps on the horror project.