James Wan is a master of horror but even he knows where to draw a line in the sand and did so for a single scene in ‘Aquaman.’ He credits co-writer Will Beall for coming up with the idea and says that it was he, not the studio, that ended up shooting it down. The idea he shot down was a shark prison riot, but once you start reading the details about it, the reasoning starts to become clear.
Wan shared information about the scene during an interview at a recent IMAX screening of ‘Aquaman’ and described it as:
“He had a really quirky out-there [sequence]…it wasn’t the studio, it was me that said, ‘I don’t know if we can have that in there, that’s a bit weird.’ As much as I loved it. He had this sequence where…Aquaman has been apprehended by King Orm, and he’s been thrown into this dungeon. Like this really awful prison deep in Atlantis. He ends up starting a prison riot, where all the guards are sharks. They were shark-guards, like all shark head…and he kills one of the shark guards and the shark starts bleeding and then that starts a feeding frenzy among all the other shark guards. It just went nuts. We’re talking like clouds of blood billowing everywhere, and he uses that to escape. I was like “Holy crap, I don’t know if I can do that.”
While they didn’t end up using this scene, Wan shared that he loved how he and Beall were able to “just embrace how absurd the world of Aquaman is, and try and have fun with it,” enough to even have come up with an idea like this one.
Do you wish that James Wan had filmed Will Beall’s scene in ‘Aquaman’? Was the idea of a bloody shark feeding frenzy a bit too “out-there” to make it into this movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Aquaman’ will be swimming into your local theaters on December 21st, 2018!