Producers John Davis and John Fox have confirmed that a TV series sequel to Kevin Costner’s 1995 post-apocalyptic feature “Waterworld” is in early development at Universal Content Productions.
The series is planned as a continuation of the film, picking up with the same characters twenty years later. In addition filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg (“10 Cloverfield Lane”), who is currently finishing up the “Predator” prequel movie “Skull”, is on board to direct.
Davis and Fox produced the original film set at a time when the polar ice caps had melted and the entire planet was covered by water. Costner played an underwater-breathing, web-toed trimaran-sailing loner, The Mariner, aided a woman (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and a girl (Tina Majorino) seeking fabled ‘dry land’.
Kevin Reynolds helmed the film which famously came in at a then incredibly costly $175 million due to production troubles. Reviews were mixed-negative at the time, though have softened since.
Box-office wise it earned $264 million globally and was a smash hit on video and in post-release sales. Though still considered a flop, it wasn’t a disaster that its reputation has suggested and reportedly did eventually turn a profit.
The new take is expected to avoid the production difficulty of shooting on the ocean thanks to new technologies that are available.