DC Films and Warner Bros. are not moving forward with director Ava DuVernay and Aquaman’s The Comics of the New Comics adaptations.
The comic book writer Tom King was attached to pen the script for New Gods, while Peter Safran was on The Trench as a producer.
Warner Bros. and DC shared the cancellation news in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter.
Warner Bros. and DC said in a statement, “As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles, including New Gods and The Trench, will not go ahead.”
“We thank our colleagues and Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Van and Peter Safran for their time and cooperation during this process and look forward to our continued involvement with them on other DC stories. If they were to move forward in future, the projects would remain in their skilled hands. “
The new gods would have brought various comic book characters to the screen, created by legendary artist Jack Kirby. Meanwhile, Trench was seen as a horror-inflected one-off set, filled with dangerous aquatic creatures, first seen in Vann’s 2018 blockbuster Aquaman. Noah Gardner and Aidan FitzGerald wrote the screenplay.
The two projects may have been abandoned but DuVernay and Van are still working with DC on the teenage superhero shows Naomi and Aquaman 2, respectively.