‘Aquaman’ Sequel: James Wan Seeking Seaworthy Script As First Film Makes DC History

The filmmaker minted his Hollywood reputation within the horror genre by displaying a golden (and grisly) touch with hard-R hits with lean budgets and fat profits. Wan didn't direct any of those Saw sequels, however, and while he profited from them as a producer he also blanched when the franchise veered from his original vision in ways both large and small. His feature debut, Saw, for instance, was filmed in 18 days for $1.2 million — it went on to generate $103 million in global box office and six sequels for Lionsgate.
Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, he is a citizen of the world in his filmmaking sensibilities and Aquaman has proven to be a powerhouse export. No other DC Comics movie has traveled as well or as far in foreign markets. There may be plenty of fish in the sea but Wan is a rare savant when it comes to delivering high-return international hits. Only 28% of the film's box office haul has been in the domestic marketplace.
EXCLUSIVE: The international success of James Wan's Aquaman is changing the landscape of the DC Universe. This weekend the iridescent deep-sea kingdom of Atlantis will replace grim old Gotham City at the unofficial capital of the Warner's superhero business. That symbolic relocation will happen when Wan's Aquaman eclipses Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises as the all-time top-grossing film featuring a DC Comics superhero.
If they happen, that's great because that means people out there love it and they want more of it. Lesson learned, Wan stayed on as the director for the sequels to Insidious (2011) and The Conjuring (2013). At New York Comic Con in 2012 he acknowledged the protective spirit he felt toward his franchise launches:  "I think the sequel to Insidious is kind of my reaction to Saw, where for my own reason I wasn't as involved in the sequels, and so I felt with Insidious, I think it would be good to shepherd it and keep it more in track to the vision I had when I made the first film so that it doesn't detour too far. I never set out to make sequels to any of my films I direct. But I always felt with Insidious we created this really interesting world that we can explore more…"
Warner Bros. There's a lot of ocean floor and undersea kingdoms left for Wan explore. The filmmaker is deeply invested in the world creation aspect of Aquaman and sees the deep, blue sea as a fantasy setting that can be cinematically comparable to Middle-earth, the Jedi galaxy or the wizarding world of the Harry Potter films. Needless to say, Warner Bros. Wan is the only filmmaker who has delivered a billion-dollar moneymaker for two different studios (his Furious 7 revved up $1.5 billion for Universal in 2016) but don't expect him to ship out from the Aquaman franchise. has been courting the filmmaker and will likely need a whale-sized deal to lock him in. is eager to set sail with Aquaman 2.
As of last weekend, the global box office for Wan's amphibious epic was closing in on $1.07 billion — and a mere $17 million shy of matching the mark set by Dark Knight Rises, the 2012 finale installment of Nolan's Batman trilogy.
After Wan's Furious 7 success, Warner Bros. No one is laughing anymore. The director considered The Flash project but in the end chose Aquaman for its (literally) immersive fantasy potential and also because he liked the challenge presented by the much-maligned hero's pop-culture standing. was so eager to work with the filmmaker on a superhero film that they offered him his pick of properties. For years Aquaman has been an orange-shirted punchline (thanks to Entourage, SpongeBob SquarePants, Robot Chicken, etc.). And this weekend when the King of Atlantis surpasses the Dark Knight of Gotham City, orange will officially be the new black for Warner Bros.
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Wan spent years working on Aquaman including 172 days on principal photography with stops in Queensland, Morocco, Italy and Canada.  Last month I asked him about the sequel and he demurred. It's hard to imagine him walking away now. "I'm superstitious about that," he said.
Wan clearly set the stage for the sequel in the first film by introducing Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the Black Manta in a prominent, compelling and open-ended sequence which did plenty to whet fans appetite for his rematch with Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman.
Consider this: Before 2012, the top-grossing DC adaptation was The Dark Knight, Nolan's 2008 visit to Gotham City. When Wan's salt-water saga does move into the top spot it will represent a sea change for Warner Bros. Before 2008, the title belonged to Tim Burton's Batman (1989), the landmark blockbuster that celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. and its DC Comics adaptations.
to catch up for the studio to allow a proven success to get off the hook. The project is in development mode until that happens. Wan's spokesman says the filmmaker is taking a much-needed break right now and studio sources say that a deal won't happen until Wan sees a seaworthy script. Another wrinkle is Wan's first-look deal with New Line. doesn't get Wan back on board the same way they locked in director Patty Jenkins for the Wonder Woman sequel. But it would be a shocker if Warner Bros. After watching Disney-owned rival Marvel Studios fill the sky with superheroes there's just too much pressure on Warner Bros.
So when Aquaman claims the top spot it will be the first time in three decades that Gotham City will settle for second in a ranking of Warner's heroic hometowns.

Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini (Black Jack Album)

Biggest boss and I been the trillest
I’m a bigger problem when I click with Skrillex
Murder on my mind, it’s time to pray to God
My revolver is not religious, the revolution’s born
You wanna know my name then go and tell the Sarg
You wanna know my gang: Suicide Squad
Pistol on my waist, I might make a mistake
Dead shot, head shot, oh my god, am I crazy?
Drugs every corner, this is Gotham City
Killer Croc came to kidnap you, to cut out your kidney
Ain’t no mercy, got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Rozay, don’t you know that pussy worth it
Flooded Rolex at the Grammy awards
They still sellin’ dope, that’s those Miami boys
Killers everywhere, it ain’t no place to run
Forgive me for my wrongs, I have just begun

Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin (Rozay!)

Don’t be beggin’ for your life cause that’s a lost cause
High stakes, body armor, suicide boy
There’s a time for games and there’s a time to kill
Make up your mind baby cause the time is here
Capital murder, capital lettuce
Yeah she catchin’ my vibe but can’t fathom my cheddar
Need a couple gang members for these new endeavors
From this point on anything we do, we do together
Body on the corner, million in the trunk
Seven figures, I will spend that every other month
Killers on the corner, talons in the clip
Build a palace out in Paris just to fill with bitches
Say my name and I’m coming with the gun squad
Everybody runnin’, homie, there’s only one God
Cocaine, white Ferrari, I’m in the fast lane
Every day was life and death, that’s when the cash came
Count money, drug residue even blood on it
He had a trap ’til I put my cuz on it
Kickin’ in the dope boy, Suicide Squad
Needle in my arm so I’m do or die for it

Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’, Rozay

(Cash money)
Dope boy
(Rap money)

Forgive me for my wrongs, I have just begun