‘Aquaman’ Sequel Officially in the Works With Writer From the First Film

Angelo Anderson
February 12, 2019

Australian-Malaysian filmmaker James Wan, who co-created the "Saw" horror franchise and directed the "Insidious" and "Conjuring" movies' first installments, is likewise returning to "Aquaman 2", though this time joins longtime production partner Peter Safran as a producer.

Last month it was reported that Warner Bros. and James Wan were searching for a screenwriter to develop a sequel to December's smash-hit DC blockbuster Aquaman, and now comes word from Deadline that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick has signed on to pen the script. "Aquaman" has over-performed for Warner Bros., coming in above pre-release projections after starting with $68.7 million in its opening weekend in North America.

Johnson-McGoldrick teamed with Will Beall on the "Aquaman" script. "Aquaman" stars Jason Momoa as the title character, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles.

Aquaman has now made US$1.1 billion (RM4.475 billion) at the worldwide box office, meaning that it is Warner Bros' biggest DC Comics adaptation, more than even Batman triumph The Dark Knight Rises. Odder still, we did hear news about The Trench, a spinoff film that was in the works and which would dive into the horror genre to further explore the deeps and the monsters that live there. Meanwhile, the studio put an Aquaman horror spin-off called The Trench in development, with Hollywood newcomers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald as screenwriters. But the bigger titles are yet to come, thanks in part to Johnson-McGoldrick co-writing The Conjuring 2 with Wan and Chad and Carey Hayes. No director or cast is yet attached.

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