The first Aquaman movie doesn’t hit theaters for another couple of weeks, but Warner Bros. is already reportedly planning a second one. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. executive Toby Emmerich has already started preliminary discussions about a sequel, though the report acknowledged that Warner Bros. hadn’t hired a writer yet.
Tracking estimates show that Aquaman is expected to make $65 million for its US opening later this month, beating Mary Poppins Returns and the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, which open at the same time. This strong box office tracking is what supposedly gave Emmerich the confidence to get started on an Aquaman sequel before the first one is even out.
The quote came as part of a wider story focusing on actress Amber Heard, who plays Mera in Aquaman. According to the report, she was paid a low-seven-figure salary for Aquaman, meaning she earned at least $1 million to appear in the movie. For the sequel, Heard–and presumably Aquaman actor Jason Momoa–will see bigger paydays, according The Hollywood Reporter.
Aquaman is directed by James Wan, who previously helmed The Conjuring and Furious 7, and hits theaters on December 21, 2018.