As big fans of both James Wan and Alexandre Aja, the news that they’ve decided to team up is…well, it’s good news, is what it is.
Variety reports that Lionsgate has snapped up the rights to Smart House, based on an idea by Wan, and which Aja will direct.
Smart House is “a thriller about a family in the witness protection program placed in the custody of a state of the art, autonomous ‘smart house.’ When a group of assassins locates the family, the house goes into a lethal defense mode.”
Well, that sounds like a lot of fun.
Wan is incredibly busy at the moment. He’s directing Aquaman, and the slate of films he’s producing includes Insidious: Chapter 4, The Nun, Annabelle: Creation, Malignant Man, a possible Lights Out sequel, and that remake of The Entity might still be bubbling away somewhere. Oh, and there’s Saw: Legacy coming this October, and it can’t be too long before Warner Bros decide to move on a third Conjuring film. So yep, a busy guy.
Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes remake) gave us the uncategorisable The 9th Life Of Louis Drax last year, and he has epic 17th century romance The Marquis in development. His choices are unpredictable and it’s always exciting when a new Aja film hits.
Lionsgate’s president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine stated that “We are delighted that Smart House brings James Wan and Alex Aja back to Lionsgate for this cool, of-the-moment thriller. We had the privilege of being involved with James’ directorial debut with Saw and with Alex on one of his earlier films, High Tension. The idea of combining their talents into one project for the first time is exciting for us and genre fans everywhere.”
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