The last we heard about the movie adaptation of James Wan’s comic book Malignant Man was back in 2014, and now a big step has been taken with the appointment of a director.
That director is San Andreas‘ Brad Peyton, according to THR, who will adapt the comic written by Wan and Michael Alan Nelson, and illustrated by Piotr Kowalski.
The comic “focuses on Alex Gates, a patient dying of a terminal disease who is resigned to his fate … until he discovers that his malignant tumor is actually a mysterious alien parasite. Now with some incredible powers and a renewed purpose, Gates is tasked with fighting a secret army lurking behind the veils of society while also peeling back his own secrets.”
Peyton will also produce along with Wan and Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy. He’s got some pretty hefty clout following the massive success of San Andreas, and is currently attached to a sequel to the Californian disaster movie, as well as Rampage (which would re-team him with Dwayne Johnson, because once you start working with him, you never want to stop).
His involvement with the grisly Malignant Man makes a little more sense when you see that he’s also got the Blumhouse chiller Incarnate (starring Aaron Eckhart) coming out in September.
Wan’s coming off a very good opening weekend for The Conjuring 2, which in a summer full of disappointing sequel earnings, made about $40 million in its first few days. He’s obviously got that little Aquaman project coming up next…