‘Aquaman’ and ‘Malignant’ director to executive produce kid’s project that begins with the King of Atlantis’ first day on the job.
At today’s WarnerMedia Television Critics Association (TCA) event, HBO Max has just announced they’ve greenlit a three-part animated mini-series, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, to be executive produced by James Wan (Aquaman and the upcoming Malignant) through his Atomic Monster production company.
Based on the classic DC character created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris, each of the standalone episodes will have a unique storyline following the adventures of Aquaman as 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, 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.”
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the series begins with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis and he’s got considerable catching up to do with the help of his two royal advisors – 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.
The series 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) will serve as showrunners and co-executive producers.
Aquaman: King of Atlantis joins HBO Max’s growing animation line-up that includes Looney Tunes Cartoons, Jellystone, Adventure Time: Distant Lands, Little Ellen, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Rick and Morty and The Boondocks. The new streaming recently signed a $500 million deal for exclusive digital rights to all 23 seasons / 300+ South Park episodes, as well as the entire Studio Ghibli feature film library.
Source: HBO Max
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.