The fact that an Aquaman film is officially in development shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering Warner Bros. and DC just made a huge announcement about their upcoming films. But here’s something that is a bit of a surprise: THR reports that two writers have been hired to write separate screenplays for the project.
Will Beall, who wrote the godawful Gangster Squad and the initial draft of Justice League (which I haven’t read but heard was so bad it caused WB to hire Argo writer Chris Terrio to save the screenplay), is taking a crack at one version, while Kurt Johnstad, who penned 300: Rise of an Empire, will write a separate take on the material. In previous cases where the studio used this method of finding a good screenplay, they’ve either combined elements of their scripts into a single movie or chosen one that they like from the separate drafts that are turned in. It’s an unconventional move, but it may become more popular as studios continue to set release dates years in advance before having a script, director, or stars on board for a particular film.
Jason Momoa is widely acknowledged as being signed on to play Aquaman, but the studio stubbornly refuses to make an official announcement about his casting. Aquaman, of course, is one of the most trash-talked superheros out there, but if you actually do a bit of research, it turns out that he’s a pretty badass character. In fact, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder called in to a Detroit radio show the other day to stick up for the character after the DJs were “disparaging” him.
Based on what little I’ve seen of Beall’s work, I’d much rather the studio choose Johnstad’s take on Aquaman as the one that goes into production, but we’ll see how things play out over the next few months. Expect WB to make some formal announcements soon about what movies they have planned from now until 2020.
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