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An overlooked detail in THR's report that Will Beall has been hired to write the script for Aquaman is the fact that director James Wan and the co-chair of DC Films have already written a treatment. As opposed to an outline, a treatment is typically 40 pgs long (on average), with very specific details regarding the story. This is a particularly important detail as the film currently has a July 27,2018 release date, meaning filming on Jason Momoa's standalone Dceu film needs to commence shortly thereafter Justice League wraps in London. With a treatment already completed Beall should be able to flesh out dialogue and scene transitions in relative short order with the tone and broader plot points already established by Wan and Johns. From what we've seen of the trailer, DC fans should expect a badass Arthur Curry reminiscent of his depiction in Bruce Timm's Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. »
Here’s a special Sdcc edition of The Week in Spandex, wrapping up all the superhero news from Comic-Con 2016…
Unless you’ve been residing under a rock these past few days, you’ll be all too aware that the San Diego Comic-Con has been taking place across the Pond, bringing us a host of superhero goodies. Both DC Films and Marvel Studios had big plans for Hall H on Saturday, and both delivered plenty of treats for fans in attendance, as well as us at home. So much so in fact that this is an abridged version of The Week in Spandex, as A) it would take me a week to write it, and B) after churning out a couple of hundred posts over the past few days, I really need my bed. Anyway, here’s a recap of all the big news, and do let us know your thoughts on this year’s Con… »
- Gary Collinson
Aquaman: Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has been brought back to finalize the screenplay for Aquaman. Beall was originally one of two writers hired in August 2014, but after director James Wan came on board in 2015, he instead developed a detailed treatment with Geoff Johns. Beall is now working with Wan and Johns on a new script. Jason Momoa (above left), Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe are set to star in the movie, which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2018. [THR] Guillermo del Toro: Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro says that "a lot of the cast" from Pacific Rim will return for the sequel, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, though no official announcements have been made yet. He also says that a third installment of Hellboy "is a wish that will never be fulfilled...
- Peter Martin
Aquaman: Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has been brought back to finalize the screenplay for Aquaman. Beall was originally one of two writers hired in August 2014, but after director James Wan came on board in 2015, he instead developed a detailed treatment with Geoff Johns. Beall is now working with Wan and Johns on a new script. Jason Momoa (above left), Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe are set to star in the movie, which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2018. [THR] Guillermo del Toro:...
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Jason Momoa’s scenery-chewing King of the Seven may have only appeared briefly during that fantastic Justice League teaser – squaring off to the Caped Crusader in one scene and confronting mother nature in the next – but make no mistake, Arthur Curry is quickly becoming a fan-favorite whether he talks to fish or not.
Set for release in July of 2018, James Wan’s standalone Aquaman movie will be ushered into theaters in the aftermath of Zack Snyder’s ensemble piece, and in channelling his own experience in the genre, Wan has reaffirmed his plans to introduce a horror element into the “wondrous world of Atlantis.”
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Word comes by way of /Film, which relayed Wan’s address to vying fans at Sdcc’s Hall H. Check it out below and let it be known, there’s no question that the filmmaker is stoked to be at the helm. »
- Michael Briers
James Wan's Aquaman has found a writer to handle the film's scripting duties, and it only had to look to its past in order to secure the scribe it wanted. Will Beall, who, once upon a time, was writing Aquaman when Warner Bros. was developing several different tracks for the project, has been brought back as the sole pen as he works off a detailed treatment by Wan and Geoff... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
No doubt about it, DC and Warner Bros. were facing an uphill battle from the get-go when they decided to fully commit to the DC Extended Universe. They were not only following Marvel's lead, but they were doing so several years behind them. So they didn't have the luxury to take their time and play it film by film, as Marvel had. They needed to get this universe going -- and going quickly.
In order to expedite this universe, they enacted a very interesting method of screenwriting. Rather than commit to a single vision and move forward with that, they instead hired multiple writers from each of their projects. Then, they'd take the best bits and pieces from each screenplay and combine it into one Master Screenplay. We've discussed this interesting writing method before on the Los Fanboys Podcast, wherein Mario criticized them for this method, and I just shrugged »
- Joseph Medina
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that screenwriter Will Beall, best known for his work on Gangster Squad, has circled back to Warner Bros.’ big-screen rendition of Aquaman, this time working from a treatment penned by James Wan and DC stalwart Geoff Johns.
Much of that comes down to the studio’s decision to foster two versions of Aquaman simultaneously, drafting in Beall and Kurt Johnstad in the summer of 2014 to iron out one, while David Leslie Johnson – a frequent cohort of Wan’s following his contribution to horror sequel The Conjuring 2 – was welcomed aboard to pen another.
During his time away from Atlantis, Beall took point on CBS’ TV spinoff of Training Day, writing and even executive producing the upcoming pilot. That afforded Warner Bros. and, in particular, James Wan and Geoff Johns time to survey the scene and effectively outline the core premise of their Aquaman movie, bringing »
- Michael Briers
Aquaman is once again changing writers as Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has been hired to write the script the Atlantean King, per The Hollywood Reporter. However, Beall will apparently be working off a very detailed treatment written by none other than director James Wan and DC Comcs scribe and executive Geoff Johns. Johns is currently overseeing all of the DC Extended Universe films with Jon Berg.
This is a bit of a funny twist given that in 2014 Beall was hired to write a competing draft to Aquaman as WB looked for multiple scripts to turn into a potential film. At the time, WB chose Kurt Johnstad’s script, which then got a rewrite from David Leslie Johnson once James Wan came onboard. Johnson wrote Wan’s Conjuring 2, but not it seems to have come full circle for Beall as he is again tasked with turning Wan and Johns’ treatment into a full script. »
- Ricky Church
Aquaman may have a release date (July 27th, 2018), but for some reason, it's become one of those movies many fans refuse to believe is happening until the cameras start rolling. James Wan is going to be at the helm, and now it has a writer in the form of Will Beall. If that name rings a bell, it's because he was hired to pen Justice League before Chris Terrio took over the project for Zack Snyder. It was revealed way back in 2014 that Warner Bros. were developing Aquaman on dual tracks, meaning they hired Beall and Kurt Johnstad to work on one script while David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) did another. Then, the plan was possibly to merge them, something which worried many fans. That didn't pan out anyway, and Beall moved on to work on the Training Day TV show. However, he's now been rehired to rewrite the screenplay by himself as, »
Condal will be basing his script on a treatment from writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse), who was brought onto the project last year. The studio has previously had screenwriters Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) attached at one point or another, while both Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) have been attached to direct.
Logan’s Run “is set in a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed ‘Runners.’ The protagonist, Logan, is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who ends up on the run after he becomes »
- Gary Collinson
During its upfront presentation in New York City today, CBS unveiled the first look at their new fall lineup, which features two titles that many viewers may recognize. The network will debut the new shows MacGyver and Training Day this season, with MacGyver debuting this fall in the Friday 8 Pm time slot, while Training Day is being held for a midseason debut. After the network's presentation, the first trailers and photos were released for both of these upcoming shows, which you can check out below.
A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paper clip, his trusty knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit TV series, this action packed origin story follows a young hero as he undertakes missions to save lives and change the world. This action-adventure drama from CBS follows 20-something Angus "Mac" MacGyver (Lucas Till) who creates a clandestine organization within the U. »
CBS has released the trailers for the new shows debuting during the network’s 2016-17 season, including the upcoming revival of “Star Trek.” The first look teaser for the sci-fi series had no footage, but promised “new crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds.”
Though the logo simply says “Star Trek,” Variety has learned that the series will have a more specific title to be unveiled at a later date. Later installments in the “Star Trek” television franchise had titles that differentiated them from the original series — “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
Check out the videos for the new series below.
“MacGyver,” a reimagining of the classic series, is an action-adventure »
- Laura Prudom
CBS is enlisting MacGyver to help fortify its 2016-2017 schedule.
The much-hyped reboot was one of four dramas the Eye network ordered to series on Friday, joining Jerry Bruckheimer’s Training Day remake, the Michael Weatherly-fronted Bull, and Jason Katims’ medical entry Pure Genius (fka Bunker Hill).
On the comedy side, CBS has Ok’d Joel McHale’s workplace sitcom The Great Indoors and Matt LeBlanc’s family satire Man With a Plan (fka I’m Not Your Friend). Speaking of the latter, The Office‘s Jenna Fischer — who was set to play LeBlanc’s wife — has exited the project for creative reasons. »
CBS has greenlit a slew of series for the 2016-2017 season.
In the comedy department, the network has ordered projects starring Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale. As for dramas, CBS will be rebooting “Training Day,” “MacGyver,” plus has picked up a medical drama from Jason Katims and a new show starring “NCIS” star Michael Weatherly.
“Training Day” is based on the 2001 movie that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The series revival stars Bill Paxton and newcomer Justin Cornwell. A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, the show is about an idealistic young police officer (Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the Lapd where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Paxton). Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz star alongside Paxton and Cornwell.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Director Antoine Fuqua has signed a first-look television deal with the Weinstein Company.
The agreement is the Weinstein Company’s first overall deal in television since expanding into TV production. Fuqua and Weinstein worked together on the recent feature film “Southpaw,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
“We are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with Antoine. We have been lucky enough to work with some of the best storytellers in the business. Antoine has a unique vision that is all his own,” said Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein Company co-chairman. “His ability to take the adrenaline of action and emotion of drama, weaving them together, makes him one of the best contemporary directors and producers in our industry. We look forward to adding his powerhouse strength to our TV division.”
CBS last year ordered a pilot based on Fuqua’s Academy Award-winning 2001 film “Training Day.” Fuqua serves as executive producer on the project, from »
- Daniel Holloway
Over the weekend, director James Wan descended upon WonderCon to promote his upcoming thrillers Lights Out and The Conjuring 2, which both arrive this summer. But the filmmaker also discussed his highly-anticipated Aquaman movie. We don't know when production will begin yet, but the filmmaker teased new details in an interview with /Film, hinting that fans will see new "sea monsters and cool creatures." Here's what the filmmaker had to say about this unique character.
"I think, like most people, we are familiar with Aquaman. We grew up reading or watching this character on the peripheral. I was never so in depth with Aquaman as, let's say, I was with X-Men. I grew up loving X-Men, Spider-Man and Batman. Those are obviously the key big ones, but there's always something kind of cool about Aquaman still, the idea of creating a huge world that is on our planet. That's the »
This weekend's blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice provided DC Comics fans a glimpse of heroes Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), before they come together in Justice League Part 1. Principal photography will begin on Justice League Part 1 on April 11, although it isn't known when shooting will begin on Aquaman, The Flash or Cyborg yet. Aquaman director James Wan was at WonderCon this weekend to promote his new horror-thriller Lights Out, and he teased in an interview with IGN that it won't have the same dark tone as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will be much more fun.
"The kind of filmmaker that I am, even my darker horror films are still very fun. And I think that's important for me and the kinds of films I make. The film I'm here to present, Lights Out, is a fun horror film. And »
Cornwell will play Kyle Craig, “an idealistic young African American police officer [who] is appointed to an elite squad of the Lapd, where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective (Paxton).”
Furthermore, the network has announced that Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz have all signed on to appear in the pilot, which has been scripted by Will Beall and will be directed by Danny Cannon (Gotham).
- Gary Collinson
The Training Day pilot is gaining some momentum after it has been revealed that the equivalent to Ethan Hawke’s character in the original movie has been found for the proposed TV show. Deadline reports that newcomer Justin Cornwell will appear opposite Bill Paxton in the planned pilot over at CBS.
Deadline has some plot details: Set 15 years after the film left off, the show centers on a bright, gung-ho, idealistic young African-American police officer, Kyle Craig (Cornwell), who is appointed to an elite squad of the Lapd where he is partnered with seasoned, morally ambiguous detective Frank Rourke (Paxton).
Cornwell’s Kyle is one of the good guys — an Lapd cop who is fearless in the face of terrible odds and driven to avenge the murder of his father, »
- Paul Heath
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