Aquaman has earned some positive buzz over recent press/fan screenings and there is already chatter that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of moving forward with a sequel.

In a new piece from TheHollywoodReporter focusing on Aquaman actress Amber Heard, the trade has revealed that Heard will get a raise on a sequel that is apparently in early development based on the film’s box office tracking ahead of the actual release. A writer has yet to be named.

According to strong early tracking, the film is expected to earn an impressive $65 million in its domestic debut and top Mary Poppins Returns and Transformers spinoff Bumblebee. That number gave Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich enough confidence to begin talks on a sequel (though no writer has been commissioned yet). Heard, who sources say earned a low-seven-figure salary, would see that payday balloon.

The problem with basing a desire to develop a sequel before seeing the actual box office numbers is that tracking can be off and not always as predictable as tracking companies would admit. Aquaman will not only see competition from Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee but Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse currently has a 100% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and will enter its second weekend during Aquaman’s opening weekend expected to take a huge chunk out the box office. Animation has always been a huge money maker and having a well-made Spider-Man film attached to the genre is going to get more box office earnings than current tracking would suggest. I’m sure the DC Comics film will end up making a huge total, but expecting massive numbers opening weekend is likely going to turn out a disappointment.

The assumption is that James Wan could return to direct Aquaman 2 with Jason Momoa and Amber reprising their roles. Hopefully, we’ll see the return of Black Manta who might have one of the coolest villain costumes.

Aquaman is set for release on December 21st, 2018.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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