I’ve heard of two writers working together on a project, but this is something…different. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has hired Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad to write separate scripts for an Aquaman solo movie. The company will then choose the best one to move forward with. According to the Reporter, this dual path approach “allows for release dates to be set while a project is still in development while giving it a muscular push.”
Aquaman is one of the nine (eight if you count Justice League) untitled DC films that were announced last week. The King of the Seven Seas has been all but officially confirmed to appear in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, played by Jason Momoa. Las week, director Zack Snyder called into a Detroit radio show to defend the aquatic superhero, and now the news about a solo film breaks out. Some calculated PR, perhaps?
Beall’s previous experience includes writing five episodes of the ABC TV series Castle and penning Gangster Squad. He also worked on a Justice League film script several years back, although by most accounts, it was terrible. Johnstad’s experience includes writing, 300, 300: Rise of an Empire and Act of Valor.
Granted, neither writer has finished their script yet, but if I had to choose one of them based solely on past work, I’d pick Johnstad. While 300 is no cinema classic, it does feature similar story elements; specifically an ancient kingdom and a strong king, so Johnstad stands a better chance of writing Aquaman and Atlantis well. Also, even excluding Gangster Squad‘s tepid response, Beall’s talents seem to lie with crime-related stories. Combined with the negative response to his Justice League script, it’s probably best if he sticks to rebooting Lethal Weapon.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter