HBO Max has ordered a three-part animated miniseries, “Aquaman: King of Atlantis,” to be executive produced by James Wan for his Atomic Monster production company.
Wan directed 2018’s “Aquaman” live-action film, which starred Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman. He’s also attached to direct the big-screen sequel, which is slated for release in December 2022.
The new series is based on the DC character created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris. Each standalone episode will have a discrete storyline following the adventures of Aquaman, protector of the deep.
“This DC property is a fan-favorite rich with well-known characters and dynamic storylines,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max. “On the heels of Warner Bros. Pictures’ box office smash hit, we are certain ‘Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ will be an exciting addition to our already robust slate of kids and family programming.”
Here is HBO Max’s official description:
“The series begins with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis and he’s got a LOT of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident!”
“Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ is executive produced by Wan, Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear (“Annabelle Comes Home”), Rob Hackett (“Swamp Thing”) and Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!”). Victor Courtright (“ThunderCats Roar!”) and Marly Halpern-Graser (“Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) are co-showrunners and co-executive producers.
HBO Max an upcoming streaming service from WarnerMedia. It is expected to debut in May 2020.
12 Stars Who Snagged 2 Oscar Acting Nominations in the Same Year (Photos)
1939: Fay Bainter
In 1938, Fay Bainter became the first performer to earn Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations in the same year for "White Banners" and "Jezebel." She won for the latter, and was beaten in the lead category by her "Jezebel" co-star Bette Davis.
1942: Teresa Wright
History repeats itself: Wright wins in the supporting category for "Mrs. Miniver." But while her work as Mrs. Lou Gehrig in "Pride of the Yankees" was recognized, she lost to her "Mrs. Miniver" co-star Greer Garson for Best Actress.
1945: Barry Fitzgerald
Bizarrely, Fitzgerald was nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for "Going My Way." He won in the latter category, while co-star Bing Crosby took home the top prize.
1983: Jessica Lange
Once again, Jessica Lange won in the supporting category, for "Tootsie," but lost her Best Actress bid for "Frances" to Meryl Streep for "Sophie's Choice."
1989: Sigourney Weaver
For the first time, douple-dipping came up blank. Sigourney Weaver landed a Best Actress nomination playing Dian Fossey in "Gorillas in the Mist" (but lost to Jodie Foster in "The Accused") and a Supporting Actress nod for the boss in "Working Girl" (but lost to Geena Davis in "The Accidental Tourist").
1993: Al Pacino
Pacino won his first Oscar for his lead role in "Scent of a Woman," but he also snagged a supporting nomination for "Glengarry Glen Ross" (where he lost to Gene Hackman for "Unforgiven").
1994: Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter was one of two actresses to double up in 1994, winning Best Actress for "The Piano" -- while her supporting nomination for "The Firm" was overshadowed by her "Piano" co-star Anna Paquin.
1994: Emma Thompson
The British actress was recognized for both "The Remains of the Day" and "In the Name of the Father" -- but lost to the duo from "The Piano."
2003: Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore managed a two-fer for Todd Haynes' period drama "Far From Heaven" (losing to Nicole Kidman for "The Hours") and for her supporting turn in "The Hours" (losing to Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago").
2004: Jamie Foxx
The comedic actor won Best Actor for the Ray Charles biopic "Ray," and also managed a supporting nomination for "Collateral" -- though Morgan Freeman took home the trophy for "Million Dollar Baby."
2008: Cate Blanchett
The Australian actress went home empty-handed despite a Best Actress nomination for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (Marion Cotillard won for "La Vie en Rose") and a Supporting Actress nod for her version of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" (Tilda Swinton won for "Michael Clayton").
2020: Scarlett Johansson
The actress went 0 for 2 despite being recognized for her lead role in Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story" (where she lost to Renée Zellweger for "Judy") as well as her supporting turn as a WWII-era German mother in "Jojo Rabbit" (where she lost to "Marriage Story" co-star Laura Dern).
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Could the late Chadwick Boseman pull off the feat this year for his work in ”Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom“ and ”Da 5 Bloods“?