Why Is Warner Bros. Developing TWO Aquaman Scripts?

Warner Bros.'s DC strategy has taken a strange turn. Well, an even stranger turn than before, as The Hollywood Reporter says that the studio has two writers working on two separate Aquaman scripts.

Did anyone anticipate that we'd be getting overloaded with Aquaman news? Between Zack Snyder calling a radio station to defend the character and the constant refusal of WB to acknowledge that everyone knows that Jason Momoa will play the character in Batman v. Superman, this character has gotten a lot more reporters talking about it than seemed possible for a character that had, deserved or not, become a punchline.

But now Warner Bros. has added another wrinkle to the tale. Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad have reportedly been hired to write two separate scripts for an Aquaman film. The parallel development is apparently a tactic used to get the best possible version of the project while still meeting a predetermined release date. Which, in this case, is probably one of the ones on that list of DC film releases going into 2020.

So they're pouring resources into getting things moving and making sure they hit one of those dates. I'm guessing that, since we're hearing about Aquaman and not other projects, it's slated to be one of the earlier films planned and not one being released in 2020. The first untitled movies on the DC schedule have Aug. 5, 2016, June 23, 2017, and November 17, 2014 as release dates. Regardless, Warner Bros. is clearly pouring a lot of resources into getting its Marvel-style universe up an running.

[The Hollywood Reporter]