Does it get anymore Comic Con than the announcement of Aquaman‘s screenwriter? Probably. But if you’re going to make an announcement concerning who’s going to write the screenplay for the upcoming Aquaman movie, you could do worse than choosing this weekend to release such news. We’ve known a long time now that Jason Mamoa will be playing the King of the Seas in Justice League and his own separate Aquaman film, and we were told sometime ago that The Conjuring and Furious 7 filmmaker James Wan had directing duties. Now, we know who’s going to be putting words in the mouth of Aquaman, his friends, allies, and enemies.
The Hollywood Reporter spread the word today that Will Beall will pen (so to speak) the script for the Wan film. Beall is no stranger to the big screen Aquaman as he was selected as one of a couple of screenwriters to develop a draft in a kind of initial screenplay derby in the early phase of development. Wan has since put together a story he wants to tell, but clearly there’s some confidence in Beall if he’s coming back into the fold to execute Wan’s ideas and turn them into a script. Beall’s background is that he came up in the writers room of the ABC mystery/romance series Castle before penning the 2013 period crime drama Gangster Squad. He’s also writing a modern retelling of Robin Hood.
No word on the story that Beall will be telling, but chances are it will spin off from Aquaman’s upcoming appearance in Justice League, where he will be seen along side his wife Mera (Amber Heard) and advisor Vulko (Willem Dafoe). Aquaman will be in theaters everywhere on July 17, 2018.