HBO Max Developing Aqualad Origin Story ‘You Brought Me the Ocean’


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HBO Max is developing a serialized version of “You Brought Me the Ocean”, the YA graphic novel about the origins of DC’s Aqualad, Variety learned from sources.

The hour-long live-action drama is based on characters from DC and the graphic novel by Alex Sanchez and Jul Maroh. The series is about the life of Jackson “Jake” Hyde, a gay teenager living in New Mexico. All his life he has had a strange attraction to the water and longs to escape his desert environment for the ocean. As he explores his abilities, which include breathing underwater and mastering water, he also falls in love with his classmate, high school swim captain, Kenny Liu.

There is currently no writer associated with the project. Charlize Theron, AJ Dix, Beth Kono and Andrew Haas of Denver & Delilah Films will executive produce. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

HBO Max declined to comment.

The Jake Hyde version of Aqualad first debuted in 2010 and was created by Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman and Phil Bourassa for the animated television series “Young Justice.”

A comic book version of the character debuted at the same time in “Brightest Day #4.” Khary Payton voiced the character in “Young Justice.” He is also known as Kaldur’ahm and it was later revealed that he is the son of the super villain Black Manta. Hyde would later become the second Aquaman in the DC canon.

Another version of the character, Garth, recently appeared on the HBO Max live-action show “Titans” and is played by Drew Van Acker.

This is the latest in a growing series of DC shows that are in the works, on the way, or already airing on HBO Max. In addition to “Titans,” the streamer currently has the live-action series “Doom Patrol” and the animated series “Harley Quinn,” all of which migrated to HBO Max after DC Universe shut down. HBO Max is currently preparing a spin-off of “The Batman” starring Colin Farrell as The Penguin, as well as a Green Lantern series from Greg Berlanti and several other projects.

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