Kevin Costner’s Waterworld has become the punchline to countless jokes about big-budget Hollywood failures since it debuted back in 1995 (it grossed $264 million with a $200 million budget), but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Costner’s the Mariner. Rumors indicate that Syfy is seriously considering the idea of crafting a sequel or a television series based on the property.
What inspired such a crazy move? Syfy cites the high ratings numbers the film gets every time the network airs it.
Since these are very early discussions, there’s no word yet as to whether or not a new series would continue the story from the film or move in a new direction. We can pretty much guarantee that whatever happens, Costner won’t be reprising his role.
As crazy as the idea sounds, it’s possible this could actually work. Waterworld isn’t a particularly good film, but the idea of people surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape covered by H2O certainly has potential. With the right creative team, this universe could be interesting. Plus, Syfy has a history of taking marginal films and turning them into series that resonate with their audience. One need look no further than Stargate for proof of that.
Still, we think the real untapped potential of all this lies in crossing Waterworld over. We can see it now – the Syfy Saturday premiere of Waterworld vs. Sharktopus. Who wouldn’t tune in to see that? Call us, Syfy – we’re already working on the pitch.