The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) has been hired to write the screenplay for Warner Bros’ Aquaman. Johnson is not the first person to take a stab at writing the script for the project, with Will Beall (Gangster Squad), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) and Kurt Johnston (300, 300: Rise of an Empire) all having been tasked with adapting the popular DC Comics character in the past.
It is unknown whether Johnson will offer a brand new take on the story, or whether he is further developing one of the other scripts. Judging by his past collaborations with director James Wan, the latter option may be more likely, as he recently completed re-writes for The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, which Wan is currently directing. Johnson has also worked with Warner Bros’ in the past, providing scripts for Wrath of the Titans and Red Riding Hood.
The film, starring Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones fame as the Atlantean king, is set for a 2018 release.