In between writing film scripts, Will Beall has had another job recently – developing the TV series adaptation of Antoine Fuqua’s “Training Day” starring Bill Paxton.
Appearing at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, Beall spoke with Slashfilm about two key film projects he’s involved in – the Jason Momoa-led “Aquaman” movie and the Schwarzenegger-led “The Legend of Conan”.
First up, he confirmed that not all of James Wan’s “Aquaman” will take place in the ocean: “I can tell you that not all of the action takes place underwater, some of the most fun action in the movie actually takes place on dry land.”
Asked if the script is finished he says: “Nope, I am still working on it with James [Wan] and Geoff [Johns].” Is the fact that “Justice League” is currently shooting expected to have any impact on the “Aquaman” story and is that why the script isn’t done? He replied: “No, no, they know what’s happening. Everybody knows what’s happening so it’s not that. It’s working out what’s going to make the best movie.”
Beall is mostly done though with the script for “The Legend of Conan” which he co-wrote with Chris Morgan and which he says the pair are “continuing to hone”. Beall does confirm that their film begins on the final image of 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian” with an elderly Conan sitting on the throne:
“It opens there. It opens with this [hand on the chin]. It’s where you have to. It’s the sequel that we were promised and never got. I’m 11 when my father took me to see Conan the Barbarian which you should never take an 11-year-old kid to. It was a life changing thing. It’s an unbelievable movie. It comes back to [director John] Milius, right? There’s nobody better and it’s a real movie. It’s a truthful movie. Chris and I from the very beginning said there’s no reason to do it unless it’s a worthy sequel to Milius’s Conan and I think we’ve got that. I really do.”
The film remains in active development and he says: “I think that’s going to be a great movie actually.” The “Aquaman” film is due in cinemas on July 27th 2018.