Might We See Jonathan Mostow's Sub-Mariner Movie Soon?
Even more Marvel movies? Of course! Though we haven't heard much about Sub-Mariner in a long time. It was first announced way back in 2006, but since Universal owns the rights, it's their little feature, and it won't be a part of the Marvel Universe that Marvel Studios is developing on their own. Collider caught up with Surrogates director Jonathan Mostow recently and coaxed him into talking about the status of the project off camera, because his response on camera was pretty bland: "Well Sub-Mariner is sort of, like all things Marvel, in a shroud of secrecy. It's a project I've been developing, and we'll see what happens."
What Mostow did say off camera is that Universal still has the rights and that it is in active development. "He said the big hang-up is getting the script right and they haven’t cracked it yet. He said making a great super-hero movie is really tough and without the right script it's impossible." If only Michael Bay had that same philosophy. So although it's in the works, maybe even Mostow's next movie after finishing Surrogates, they're still waiting for a good script. And if IMDb is accurate and up-to-date, it's Mostow himself who is polishing up that script. Although I have a feeling there might be other screenwriters contributing to it.
As a refresher, Sub-Mariner is a Marvel superhero first introduced in 1939 and created by Bill Everett. The son of a human sea captain and princess of the mythical undersea kingdom of Atlantis, Namor possesses the super-strength and aquatic abilities of the "Homo mermanus" race. Through the years, he's been portrayed as a good-natured but short-fused superhero, or a hostile invader seeking vengeance for perceived wrongs that "misguided surface-dwellers" committed against his kingdom. The first known comic book antihero, the Sub-Mariner has remained a historically important and a popular Marvel character. Sound good to you?