Aquaman getting spinoff ‘horror’ movie treatment without star Jason Momoa
According to reports, The Trench will focus on the back story of the deadly Atlantis creatures that attacked the underwater hero and Mera in the Aquaman film.
Aquaman is a huge hit at the global box office, and while there hasn’t been any official announcement of a sequel, Warner Bros is talking about a spin-off from the aquatic DC Comics superhero.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired unproven writers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald to come up with a “horror-tinged” script about the Trench – those deadly creatures seen in Aquaman attacking Arthur Curry and Mera.
Aquaman stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard are not part of the spin-off, but the publication reports that director James Wan and producer Peter Safran will produce the project.
The Trench were only introduced to the Aquaman comics in 2011 as part of a DC revamp of its publishing line.
These amphibious creatures were part of the kingdom of Atlantis but evolved into terrifying monsters when it sunk.
This will not be the first time one of Wan’s projects have been developed into a spin-off. His horror hit The Conjuring has spawned multiple spin-offs, developing separate stories focusing on different characters seen in film, including the evil doll Annabelle and a spooky nun. An upcoming project will give the Crooked Man seen in The Conjuring 2 his own movie.
Spin-offs without the original film’s main cast are usually cheaper to make – and potentially very financially viable. The Conjuring universe has earned over US$1.5 billion (S$2 billion) worldwide over five movies on an estimated combined budget of just US$100 million.
Wan, however, has neither confirmed or denied the Aquaman spin-off, tweeting: “During the early stages of preproduction, I fell in love with The Trench and its designs... and secretly hoped to explore this world further/more. (Now, I'm not confirming or denying this project ;)”
Aquaman is now the highest-grossing DC movie in history, having swum merrily past the US$1.1 billion mark.