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Upcoming Waterworld Series to Follow Same Characters 20 Years Later

Waterworld Series

In an exclusive interview with Collider, producers John Davis and John Fox have announced that they’re currently “in the development stages” to create a sequel of sorts for 1995’s Waterworld starring Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper.


The streaming series would follow the same characters 20 years after the events of the original film. While neither Davis nor Fox confirmed a cast list, it would be interesting to see a more refined and mature Yellowstone version of Kevin Costner in that role of the Mariner.


Unfortunately, we’ve lost Dennis Hopper since then (in 2010), but Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tina Majorino both have healthy acting careers since Waterworld and it would be exciting to see them reprise their roles as well.

“We’re not 100% sure on the approach to the show,” Fox added. “But definitely, we’re in the building stages right now.”

The interview went on to discuss the possible streaming services that might pick up the series. When Disney+ is mentioned as a possibility by the interviewer, neither Davis nor Fox bat an eye. “I think we know where it’s going, I don’t know if we’re allowed to say,” Davis said. But Fox gave a bit of a better clue in his follow-up. “For now, it’s at Universal Television, and we are putting it together. But yes, we think it already has a home.”

With that in mind, the obvious conclusion would be that we may see it on Peacock, but anything is possible at this point.


As for directors, Davis was reluctant to reveal who they had in mind at first, but soon let the cat out of the bag. “We’re gonna do it with Dan Trachtenberg, just so you know.”


Dan Trachtenberg is best known for directing some of the biggest hits in the last 10 years, including Black Mirror, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and The Boys for Amazon Prime.

While many mainstream movie lovers didn’t really get Waterworld, hardcore post-apocalyptic fans (like myself) really enjoyed it for what it was. And John Davis agrees that the movie has held up well. “The only movie that I went back recently, that we made and rewatched and I was surprised at how well it held up, is Waterworld,” Davis said. “For many, many years I didn’t really want to see it because I thought the movie didn’t work, it wasn’t what the script was, it was not as good as the script, it had its production problems. And then I went back and saw it again, and it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, this movie ages great with time.'”

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Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at Joystiq's Massively.com, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 11 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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