It was reported a couple months ago that Furious 7 director James Wan was circling the job of helming 2018’s Aquaman for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Well, the studio has now officially announced that Wan has closed his deal, and he will be bringing Aquaman and the rest of Atlantis to life on the big screen.
Wan will oversee the script, which is written by Kurt Johnstad. The 300 scribe was writing one of the Aquaman drafts, alongside competing scripts by Will Beall and Jeff Nichols. It looks like Johnstad’s draft is the winner.
Aquaman will be produced by Batman v Superman and Justice League director Zack Snyder, alongside his wife Deborah and Charles Roven. The press release also reveals the first plot synopsis for the movie. Check out the announcement below, and stay tuned for more as we have it.
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that director James Wan (“Furious Seven,” “The Conjuring”) will take the helm of the Studio’s upcoming Aquaman feature film, with Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) starring as the sea-dwelling Super Hero. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Silverman stated, “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,’ 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.”
Roven said, “James is not only a great storyteller but can make action truly explode on the big screen, 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.”
An icon for over 70 years, Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas. This reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, is committed to protecting the entire globe.
Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.