While the plot is still being kept under wraps, we at least know when the film will be hitting screens in the US. Malignant will be opening simultaneously in cinemas and HBO Max on September 10th. No Australian release date has been announced as yet.
It may be a return to his beloved horror genre, but the pandemic ensured it wasn’t going to be a return to the small and fast productions he remembered. “I finally wrapped it last week,” Wan said on social media. “This was supposed to be my “little horror thriller” I do between the big ones, but the pandemic pushed it as long the big ones.”
And Malignant may not be all-out horror, either. “I don’t even know how to describe it,” the Insidious, Saw, and Conjuring director posted. “I wanted to do something original and genre-bending, and different to my other work, but still in the spirit of the horror-thrillers I grew up with.”
Wan released an intriguing image of a leather glove-wearing hand holding an ancient-looking, oh-so sharp golden dagger.
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We got a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it snippet of Malignant in the exciting HBO Max 2021 movies trailer released earlier this month. The tidbit showed the film’s star, Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders, Annabelle, The Mummy), looking terrified on a bed as a figure rises up behind her. Intriguingly and creepily, there also appeared to be a portal of sorts behind it.
Wan, actress Ingrid Bisu (Wan’s real-life wife) and writer Akela Cooper (The 100, Luke Cage) came up with the original story for Malignant; Cooper wrote the screenplay. The film will also star Jake Abel, George Young, Maddie Hasson, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie and Mckenna Grace.
Oh, and the film already has its US rating: Rated R for strong horror violence and gruesome images, and for language.
Stay tuned for more on this one…