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Thursday, July 27, 2006

AAEA's Norris McDonald Up For Aquaman Movie Role

Informal talks have been launched about the feasibility of making a Warner Brothers “Aquaman” movie. Interestingly, AAEA President Norris McDonald has been approached to play a guru to the Aquaman character. Think Morgan Freeman in “Batman Returns.” Aquaman was a key plot line in HBO’s “Entourage,“ where James Cameron, who made a cameo appearance on the show, directed the fictional movie. The fictional movie opened bigger than “Spiderman,” which had the highest grossing opening before “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”

The character’s film rights are controlled by DC Comics, which is a part of Time Warner, Inc. Conversations about McDonald resulted from a Time Warner exec's familiarity with McDonald’s environmental work. Several people involved in the preliminary discussions about a feature film said untangling the movie and licensing rights from DC Comics could prove difficult.

Aquaman is a fast-swimming superhero that debuted in a 1941 comic book. Aquaman will be a young environmental activist grappling with his responsibilities as the prince of the lost city of Atlantis, hidden in the Bermuda Triangle. Aquaman can breathe underwater and he possesses supernatural power when wet, which diminishes as he dries off. McDonald will provide Aquaman with state-of-the-art weaponry and sage advice. The TV pilot below was not picked up and McDonald will play the Ving Rhames role in the movie, except he will not be from Atlantis, but will be a smart environmentalist. View the TV Pilot trailer below.

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