MTN premieres top Hollywood movie Aquaman at Silverbird Cinemas

Telecommunications giant MTN, on Thursday December 21, gave its customers an opportunity to watch one of the latest Hollywood movies, Aquaman, before it goes fully public.

The 2018 movie was exclusively pre-screened at the Silverbird Cinemas at Accra Mall for hundreds of MTN subscribers who watched in batches.

The subscribers who watched the movie were largely MTNPulse users. MTN PULSE is a value driven initiative targeting solely young prepaid customers with good offers for voice and data services.

Aquaman had its world premiere in London on November 26, 2018, and was scheduled for release in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures in Real D 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX and IMAX 3D on December 21, 2018, the very day MTN screened the movie at the Silverbird.

With the festive season in sight, the company said it was important to give cherished customers something to smile about.

It also considers the investment in the pre-screening as one of its many contributions towards the arts and entertainment industry in Ghana.

About the movie

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sixth instalment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Directed by James Wan, with a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, from a story by Geoff Johns, Wan and Beall, it stars Jason Momoa as the title character, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles.

It is the third live-action theatrical film featuring Aquaman, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), and the first full-length feature film centered on the character.

In Aquaman, Arthur Curry, the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, stepped forward to lead his people against his half-brother, Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

Development of Aquaman

Development of an Aquaman film began in 2004, with several plans falling through over the years. In August 2014, Beall and Kurt Johnstad were hired to write two competing scripts and the film was officially announced in October 2014.

Wan signed on as director in April 2015 and in July 2016 it was announced the film would move forward with Beall’s screenplay, although Wan, Johnstad, Johns and Johnson-McGoldrick all performed various rewrites.

The main cast was confirmed throughout 2016 and early 2017. Principal photography began in Australia on May 2, 2017. Most of the film was shot at Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, with production also held in Canada, Italy and Morocco, and wrapped on October 21, 2017.

The film has grossed over $364 million worldwide and received praise for its adventurous tone, Wan’s direction and ambition, and the performances of Momoa, Heard and Kidman, although some critics found the plot messy and runtime overlong.


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