Warner Bros. has dueling scripts for a Aquaman feature film currently in the works. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Will Beall (Gangster Squad) is working on one version while Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire) is doing another. The plan is said to be to develop both scripts in tandem until a decision can be made as to which version will ultimately head to the big screen.
Aquaman’s first comic book appearance was in 1941′s “More Fun Comics” #73. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, Aquaman went on to become a founding member of the Justice League of America two decades later. Although the character has never before made it to the big screen, Jason Momoa is all but confirmed to appear as Aquaman in 2016′s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Never before seen on the big screen, Aquaman’s sole live-action appearance was as a teen on the WB’s “Smallville”. The character was planned for a spinoff series, “Mercy Reef,” but the property never made it beyond the pilot stage.
With his latest, Furious 7, about to cross over the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, The Conjuring‘s James Wan may be getting ready to take a step into the DC Universe. The Hollywood Reporter has just revealed that Wan is in talks to helm the Jason Momoa-led Aquaman solo film!
Planned for a July 27, 2018 release, Aquaman is currently being developed as two separate screenplays, one by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and another by Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire).
Wan’s next big screen project is Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Conjuring 2, set for a June 10, 2016 release. He’s not yet a lock for Aquaman, however, as the trade cautions that his contract on the Fast and the Furious franchise may force him to return for an eighth big screen adventure.
Long before his solo film, however, Momoa’s Aquaman will make his big screen debut in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, set to hit the big screen March 25, 2016. It’s also a near certainty that he’ll be back for Justice League: Part One, arriving November 10, 2017. Aquaman then hits the following summer with Justice League: Part Two following on June 14, 2019.
Warner Bros. Pictures has just announced that director James Wan (Furious Seven, The Conjuring) is officially set to take the helm of the studio’s upcoming Aquaman feature film! Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) is starring as the sea-dwelling superhero. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
“We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,'” says Silverman, “and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate. The ‘Aquaman’ film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”
Wan will also be supervising the script by Kurt Johnstad (300, 300: Rise of an Empire). Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder will serve as producers.
“James is not only a great storyteller but can make action truly explode on the big screen,” says Roven, “and Jason has a dynamic presence that commands your attention. Together, they will bring an undeniable vitality and energy to this character as he headlines his first feature film.”
The character’s first comic book appearance was in 1941’s “More Fun Comics” #73. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, Aquaman went on to become a founding member of the Justice League of America two decades later. Until now, the character has never made it to the big screen. Aquaman’s sole live-action appearance was as a teen on the WB’s “Smallville.” The character was planned for a spinoff series, “Mercy Reef,” but the property never made it beyond the pilot stage.
Before appearing in his solo film, Momoa’s Aquaman will make his big screen debut in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, set to hit theaters on March 25, 2016. It’s also a near certainty that he’ll be back for Justice League: Part One, arriving November 10, 2017. Aquaman then hits the following summer with Justice League: Part Two following on June 14, 2019.
Warner Bros. Pictures has, according to The Hollywood Reporter, set screenwriter David Leslie Johnson on director James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman feature film. Johnson, whose past script work has included Wrath of the Titans, Orphan and Red Riding Hood, has already been working with Wan on the upcoming The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.
The Aquaman feature was previously scripted by Kurt Johnstad (300, 300: Rise of an Empire). Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder are serving as producers.
Look for The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Frances O’Connor, to hit theaters June 10, 2016.
Warner Bros. Pictures has, according to The Hollywood Reporter, landed the stunning Amber Heard (The Danish Girl, Magic Mike XXL) to take the female lead in director James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman movie. She will be playing the character Mera, Aquaman’s love interest and eventual Queen of Atlantis, who first appeared in the comics in 1963. Mera will make her screen debut in Zack Snyder’s Justice League Part One, which begins shooting in April.
Heard will next be seen opposite Cara Delevingne, Theo James and her husband Johnny Depp in the mystery thriller London Fields.
In January, Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed that Amber Heard was joining the DC Cinematic Universe, and now the actress has talked more about her Mera costume. Her character will first appear in Justice League: Part One on November 10, 2017 and then will join Jason Momoa in the James Wan-directed Aquaman, coming to theaters on July 27, 2018.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about the Mera costume, Heard said: “It’s interesting. It’s like, half suit of armor, half scales. It’s strange… We’re in the process of building it now, so it’s coming along.”
Mera is Aquaman’s love interest and eventual Queen of Atlantis, who first appeared in the comics in 1963.
Jason Momoa will be headlining the Aquaman feature film, which is based on the classic DC Comics sea dwelling superhero.
The studio is reportedly developing two scripts for the Aquaman solo movie simultaneously, with Kurt Johnstad (300, 300: Rise of an Empire) penning one and David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans, The Conjuring 2) the other. Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder are serving as producers.
Though Aquaman is often seen as a punchline to many, Jason Mamoa is prepared to teach the world about the King of Atlantis and luckily he’s got director James Wan in his corner. Wan, known mostly for directing horror fare like Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring, but also the $1.5 billion-grossing Furious 7, is diving head first into the Aqua-material and his passion is palpable.
Speaking with Cinema Blend, Wan was ecstatic when speaking about the lore and “super cool” villains of Aquaman and went on to talk about how the film will be different from other superhero movies.
“There are so many superhero movies now; I don’t want to make a superhero movie now for the sake of doing it, but there’s something unique to the world of Aquaman. There’s a reason why they’ve never made a movie about this until now, because technology has never allowed us to tackle something this complicated. And so because of that it feels like something different, and that uniqueness is what I’m excited about.”
It was almost one year ago to the date that James Wan was announced as the director of Warner Bros.‘ upcoming Aquaman feature film, but in a new interview, the director reveals he was given the choice between the King of Atlantis and another hero.
“They asked me which of the two characters I’d be interested in and it was between The Flash and Aquaman,” Wan tells Uproxx. “This is how I weighed it: For me, we’ve seen various versions of The Flash… There’s a popular show on TV and there was a great one in the ‘90s… But the thing that ultimately pushed me more towards Aquaman is I love the possibility of creating a whole new world. I’ve always wanted to do a world creation story and visually create this amazing, incredible, magical kingdom. And also, I love the fact that Aquaman is an underdog character. I love the fact that people like to make fun of him. [Laughs.] I feel the bar is a lot lower and I can have fun with him!”
Wan also revealed that it wasn’t his work on the $1.5 billion-grossing Furious 7 that landed him in consideration for the film, but instead it was his 2013 horror film The Conjuring.
“I had already had a lot of conversations with Warner Bros. and they knew very early on that I had said I would love to be a part of the DC Universe… This is back in the early days when The Conjuring was just about to come out… We’ve been talking about it for awhile.”
The underwater film will star Jason Mamoa as the title hero with Amber Heard set to play his wife, Mera, who is making her debut as the Queen of Atlantis in the upcoming Justice League movie. Aquaman is set for release July 27, 2018.
It looks like DC Films is still finding its footing after the post-Batman v Superman fallout, with Heat Vision reporting that yet another major reshuffle has occurred on Warner Bros.‘ upcoming Aquaman movie, although this time instead of a creative getting ousted they’ve been rehired.
Screenwriter Will Beall (Gangster Squad, “Castle”) was one of two scribes hired by Warners in 2014 to pen drafts for Aquaman in parallel development, the other being Zack Snyder collaborator Kurt Johnstad (300, 300: Rise of an Empire). Once director James Wan came onboard in 2015, he brought in his own The Conjuring 2 writer David Leslie Johnson, but now it seems that all three of those original tracks have been scrapped in favor of a new story cooked up by Wan and DC impresario Geoff Johns, to be executed by Beall.
This will not be Beall’s first rodeo with DC either, as he was originally hired to draft a Justice League film prior to Man of Steel‘s release, but was taken off that project in 2013. Still, the powers that be must have some faith in Beall’s ability to keep bringing him back on to the DC Expanded Universe. In the meantime, he recently wrote and produced the “Training Day” pilot for CBS, which has been picked up for series.
The underwater film will star Jason Mamoa as the title hero, with Amber Heard set to play his wife Mera (Queen of Atlantis) and Willem Dafoe as his advisor Vulko, both latter characters making their debut in the upcoming Justice League movie.
Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring and Insidious films, Watchmen) has been cast by Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan as the half-brother of Aquaman, the supervillain Orm, also known as Ocean Master.
According to Deadline, Wilson will be joining Jason Momoa, who plays the DC Comics title character, Amber Heard as Mera, Queen of Atlantis, and Willem Dafoe as advisor Vulko.
In the comics, Orm is Aquaman’s rival for the throne of Atlantis. He is the son of Aquaman’s father and another woman. Determined to usurp the throne of Atlantis, he employs piracy and terrorism to reach his goals. His powerful mystic abilities are channeled through his trident.
James Wan is directing Aquaman, to be produced by Peter Safran. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, and Rob Cowan are executive producing. Aquaman is scheduled to hit theaters on October 5, 2018.