Based off of the consistently strong numbers following the film's re-runs on their network, Syfy's higher-ups are currently deep in discussion over a sequel to “Waterworld,” either as a TV movie or series. It's unclear whether the new iteration would follow the Kevin Reynolds-helmed original, which centered around The Mariner (Costner) and his post-apocalyptic exploits across the flooded earth, or branch off into a new storyline. However, this wouldn't be the first time the network pulled such a property move; “Stargate,” another mildly successful sci-fi film, was turned into a Syfy show that still holds followers to this day.
The continuation of writers David Twohy and Peter Rader's sea-bound universe in concept isn't a horrible one, since for most the Costner film represents a kitschy genre failure, while for others it simply remains an entertaining Universal theme park extravaganza. Still, there isn't a showrunner or cast list attached at this early stage, but who knows, perhaps the renewed attention on the film will inspire a “Heaven's Gate”-esque Criterion inquiry into the troubled production while we wait. [Vulture]