With Warner Bros.’ AQUAMAN making more than $1.1 billion worldwide and counting, the highest yet for a DC Comics movie, you best believe there will be a sequel coming at some point. Curiously, no serious plans to get the follow-up film into motion have yet been announced. Neither director James Wan nor stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard have been confirmed as even being in talks to come back for a sequel. Curiouser still, though there seems to be no rush to develop plans for a second film as a direct continuation, there is talk of a spinoff feature, one that would center on the deepest reaches of the underworld of AQUAMAN and the denizens who dwell there.
As THR reports, Warner Bros. is in the process of developing THE TRENCH, a “horror-tinged” spinoff movie that would delve into the title territory that shares its name with the creatures that inhabit it. For folks who have seen the movie, you’ll know that Arthur Curry and Mera battle the deep-sea creatures in a particularly well-shot scene. They’ve already hired a pair of up-and-coming scribes, Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald, to write the horror script with Wan and Peter Safran producing.
The relatively modestly budgeted spinoff, which won’t feature the main cast of AQUAMAN (at least not in any significant way), aims to expand on the story of THE TRENCH, a tribe of sea-dwellers who survived the destruction of Atlantis only to be thrown into the deep, dark Marianas Trench. There, evolutionary pressures forced The Trench to diverge from the humanoid Atlanteans and into the monstrous creations we saw in AQUAMAN.