Shazam! is a success, over-performing expectations with an opening of $53.5 million domestically (plus $3.3 million from previews), $102.3 internationally, for a worldwide total of $159.1 million on a budget of just $100 million. And with success comes sequels!
The Wrap is reporting that the writer of the first film, Henry Gayden, has been tapped to pen the sequel for the film. David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran are also also expected to return. Sanderg directed the first film while Safran was the producer.
Currently it’s unknown exactly what the plan is for a sequel or a time frame. Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam is set to film next year. Black Adam is a classic villain from Shazam! and Johnson was an executive producer on the first film. It’s expected the two characters will clash at some point but one of the post film scenes hints at another classic villain to come.
With a billion dollars and counting at the box office, a sequel for Aquaman is a lock. A spin-off starring Mera wouldn’t be a surprise, but a film about the Trench!?
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald have been tapped to pen a horror-tinged script around the Trench.
A horror film with that setting isn’t too surprising and would match the tone for that sequence of the film which at times was some of the most tense and interesting of the movie and had Aquaman and Mera being assaulted by a swarm of the creatures and surrounded as they attempted to get to their location.
James Wan, who directed Aquaman, and Peter Safran will produce the project which so far is being called The Trench.
The Trench and its creatures are fairly recent additions to Aquaman having been introduced in 2011 when DC relaunched their entire line called the New 52. They are part of the various undersea kingdoms and were part of Atlantis but evolved differently after it sank.