Aquaman to get Competing Scripts

8/12/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


Warner Brothers and DC may be noncommittal on their DC shared universe details, but that doesn't stop the rumor mill from churning.  The two most persistent rumors in that mill are Dwayne Johnson as Shazam and Jason Momoa as Aquaman.

We still don't have any additional details on their casting, but we do know that DC is looking into a standalone Aquaman movie to fill one of the released dates currently occupied by unannounced DC titles.

The news comes courtesy of THR, in a report that there are currently two writers working on two separate scripts for the potential Aquaman movie.  This practice is becoming somewhat more common and is likely being used as a means of establishing a proof of concept while also avoiding a script that feels too focus grouped by a writing team.

The writers, Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad, each have a previous relationship with comic book writing, so the results will be interesting to see.

Will Beal is best known for writing Gangster Squad, which had a lukewarm reception, but it's important to note that the movie deviated significantly from his screenplay, since most of the ending was rewritten after the Aurora Colorado movie theater shooting, since there were some similarities the studio felt would be uncomfortable for audiences at the time it was released.

Beal also wrote a treatment for a Justice League movie before Man of Steel was released, so it's possible some of his ideas have already permeated this new universe.  WB/DC was at least impressed with what they've seen from him (likely involving his use of the Aquaman character in his JL script).

Kurt Johnstad also has a history of adapting comics.  He wrote both 300 and 300: Rise of an Empire (the former he cowrote with Zack Snyder), so his inclusion is a no-brainer.  Not only was 300 an epic adaptation, but his history working with Snyder (who called into a Detroit radio station to defend Aquaman last week) is also a strong point, as they likely share a similar vision for the shared universe.

It's not likely that we'll actually end up seeing either of these scripts, though.  I would expect to see an additional writer brought on board to create a sort of amalgamation of the two works, picking and choosing the best common elements into a final script.

It is important to note that this movie doesn't have the green light yet, and considering the approach to the screenwriting, it may be months before WB even has anything to build a movie around.  If confirmed, and Aquaman movie will likely occupy one of the 2017 DC release dates.

Source: THR

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