Aquaman (film)

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Aquaman
Aquaman movie logo.jpg
Directed by James Wan
Produced by Peter Safran
Screenplay by Will Beall
Story by
Based on
Starring
Cinematography Don Burgess[1]
Edited by Kirk M. Morri
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $160 million[2]

Aquaman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is intended to be the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is being directed by James Wan, with a screenplay by Will Beall, from a story by Wan and Geoff Johns, and stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, and Nicole Kidman. Aquaman will be the second live action theatrical film featuring the titular character, following his debut in 2017's Justice League. The film tells the story of Arthur Curry, the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, who must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.

Principal photography began on May 2, 2017 in Australia, with most of the film shot at Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, and wrapped on October 21, 2017. The film is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on December 21, 2018.

Synopsis

Arthur Curry / Aquaman is the reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.[3]

Cast

The king of the undersea nation of Atlantis, with the ability to manipulate the tides of the ocean, communicate with other aquatic life, swim at supersonic speeds, and possesses superhuman strength. Kaan Guldur and Otis Dhanji portray 9-year old and 13-year old Arthur Curry, respectively.[4]
The queen of the undersea nation of Atlantis. Mera possesses hydrokinetic and telepathic powers that allow her to control her aquatic environment and communicate with other Atlanteans.
Aquaman's corrupt half-brother, who seeks to take the throne. Wilson previously had a voice cameo as the President of the United States in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Graham McTavish has been cast in the film, though his role is currently undisclosed.[9]

Production

Development

In 2004, FilmJerk.com reported that Sunrise Entertainment's Alan and Peter Riche planned to bring Aquaman to the big screen for Warner Bros. with Ben Grant, a first time writer, writing the screenplay.[10] However, the film fell through. In July 2009, it was reported that Aquaman is in development at Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way. Warner chairman and CEO Barry Meyer says that the Aquaman film is in development.[11] A source from Warner Bros. told The Wrap that they're discussing the possibilities with mention of more Man of Steel movies as well as a Superman/Batman film, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.[12][13][14] Geoff Johns told Variety that Aquaman is a priority character for the company.[15] It was announced on August 12, 2014 that Warner Bros. had hired screenwriters Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad to pen two separate scripts for an upcoming Aquaman film. The film is being developed on dual tracks, meaning that two scripts will be written, one by Beall and one by Johnstad, but only the best version will move forward. [16] On April 10, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that James Wan is being the fontrunner to direct the film.[17] In June 2015, Wan was confirmed to direct the film and overlook the screenplay by Kurt Johnstad.[18] On November 12, 2015, David Leslie Johnson was hired to write the script, however it was unclear whether he would be writing a separate script or working with Wan.[19] It was then revealed that previous script plans had been scrapped and that both Wan and Johns planned to move forward with a new script written by screenwriter, Will Beall.[20] On March 2016, it was announced that the events of Aquaman will be set after Justice League.[21][22] Wan confirmed later on Twitter that cinematographer Don Burgess, who previously worked with Wan on The Conjuring 2, will serve as cinematographer for Aquaman.[23] Pre-production began in Australia in late November 2016.[24][25]

Casting

Jason Momoa at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International

On October 20, 2014, in an interview with ComicBook.com, Jason Momoa revealed that the Justice League film would be coming first and that's what they were preparing for, and he didn't know if the solo Aquaman film would come before or after Justice League. He thought it might be the origin, where Aquaman came from.[26] Warner Bros. announced Aquaman as a part of the DC Extended Universe, with Jason Momoa starring.[27] In December 2014, it was revealed that Momoa had signed a four-picture deal with the studio and DC, and he wanted Zack Snyder to direct the solo Aquaman film.[28] On January 13, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Amber Heard entered negotiations to play the female lead role of Mera, Aquaman's love interest;[29] her casting was confirmed two months later.[30] In April 2016, Willem Dafoe was cast in an undisclosed role,[31] later revealed to be Nuidis Vulko. [32] On December 12, 2016 it was confirmed that Patrick Wilson will play the villainous Ocean Master, the half-brother of Aquaman.[33] On January 31, 2017, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was added to the cast as the villain, Black Manta.[34] That same day, the press reported that Nicole Kidman had entered talks to play Queen Atlanna.[35] Two months later, Kidman confirmed her participation in the film.[36] By February 2017, New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison entered talks to play Thomas Curry, Aquaman’s human father.[37] On April 12, Dolph Lundgren was cast to play King Nereus.[38] Ludi Lin was cast in the film on 15 May 2017.[39] Almost two weeks later, Michael Beach, who voiced a different version of Black Manta on Justice League Unlimited, was cast as the character's father.[8] In October 2017, Graham McTavish revealed that he has a role in the film.[9]

Filming

Principal photography began in Australia on May 2, 2017, under the working title Ahab.[40] A majority of the film was shot at Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland with production held in Newfoundland, Canada as well.[41] Between May and August 2017, production also took place on location around a number of places of the Australian Gold Coast including Main Beach, Coomera, Southport and Amity Point in North Stradbroke Island[42] in Queensland as well as Hastings Point in New South Wales.[43] On filming underwater sequences, Wan stated that "the underwater world is super complicated" and "it's not an easy shoot".[44] On August 11, 2017, filming began on the Arthur Curry Lighthouse set at Hastings Point and ended later that month.[45] In September, during an interview with Kiss Radio, actor Ludi Lin described Wan's vision for the film as 'Star Wars underwater'.[46] That same month, filming took place in Newfoundland and Labrador.[47] Willem Dafoe finished up his part by late September.[48] On October 13, James Wan announced that Patrick Wilson wrapped on the film.[49] Principal photography wrapped on October 21, 2017.[50]

Post-production

Charles Gibson and Kelvin McIlwain will serve as visual effects supervisors for the film. James Wan's five-time collaborator Kirk M. Morri will serve as editor.[51]

Release

Aquaman is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on December 21, 2018.[52] Previously, it had release dates of October 5 and July 27, 2018.[27]

Marketing

In March 2017, a first look at Aquaman was shown prior to shooting during the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, Nevada with Momoa introducing a video of director James Wan showing off a concept art sizzle reel for the movie.[53] Later, on July 22, the film's first footage made its debut at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2017 with a teaser presented by Momoa during the Warner Bros.’s panel at Hall H.[54]

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