Thursday, June 04, 2015

James Wan Charts "Aquaman" & "Robotech"

THR confirms that James Wan has inked a deal to direct the solo superhero "Aquaman" film after weeks of negotiations.

Jason Momoa is set to star as the seven seas master--He will make his debut as the character in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

 Latino Review reported a while ago that Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) is also a directorial candidate for the Aquaman  movie. He seemingly joins "Take Shelter" and "Mud" helmer Jeff Nichols on the shortlist for the job

 LR also broke the news that "Star Trek" reboot star Karl Urban is eyed for a supporting role in the film that may be the villain (Ocean Master perhaps?)

Last August we found out that 300 scribe Kurt Johnstad and "Gangster Squad" writer Will Beall have been hired to pen separate scripts for the solo "Aquaman" movie. The studio wants to then combine them getting the best version from the two works.

 Momoa's contract is for just four movies--this would likely include  Snyder's "Dawn of Justice" the "Aquaman" film, The Justice League Part One and "Justice League Part Two" which suggests that you're highly unlikely to see him cameo as Arthur Curry in any other DC Entertainment films.

Momoa has been linked to Warner Bros' upcoming DC Entertainment plans for a long time but he's been suggested for numerous other roles like Doomsday or Metallo alien hero Martian Manhunter who also happens to like Oreo Cookies. The imposing actor has been asked about the talk several times but always denied that he's up for a role. Momoa has said if he hadn't landed the Aquaman role he wanted to play Lobo

Created in the 1940s, Aquaman is a founding member of the Justice League who can control the sea and is the king of Atlantis. Alan Ritchson played the character in several episodes of Smallville while Justin Hartley played the seven seas hero in a 2006 TV pilot that never aired.

The DOJ release was delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 was no longer. The studio then targeted a May 6th 2016 release. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. The sequel was to go head to head with "Captain America 3" ...Nobody thought that the comic book pics would ultimately share the date--Sure enough DOJ blinked--and will now open on March 25th 2016.

The solo Aquaman comes to theaters July 27th, 2018.

Wan will also call the shots on the big-budget film adaptation of the 1980s anime franchise "Robotech"
Of the two, films "Aquaman" is likely to go first since it is further along. Wan will oversee the script process .

Studio suit Greg Silverman says  of Wan: "The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James' 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."

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