Warner Bros. has taken a definitive step towards a sequel to "Aquaman," by hiring David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick to write the script.
"Aquaman 2" will be produced by the director of "Aquaman" James Wan and Peter Safran. "Aquaman" has outperformed Warner Bros., surpassing pre-launch projections, after starting with $ 68.7 million on its first weekend in North America. The title gained momentum in the following weeks and reached $ 328 million in North America and $ 784 million internationally, led by almost $ 300 million in China. It is currently the 21st highest of all time in the world.
Johnson-McGoldrick teamed up with Will Beall on the screenplay for "Aquaman." "Aquaman" stars Jason Momoa as the main character, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles.
Johnson-McGoldrick and Beall wrote the script "Aquaman" from a story by Beall, Geoff Johns and Wan, who also directed both films "Conjuring". Johnson-McGoldrick began working on the script three years ago after reading the comics "Aquaman" while on the set of "The Conjuring 2".
Warner Bros. also announced last week that it was developing "The Trench" as a horror movie derived from "Aquaman." Wan and Safran will produce "The Trench," which is being developed as a lower-cost version of "Aquaman" without the main cast involved. There is still no director or cast attached.