AceShowbiz - Warner Bros. reportedly sends "Justice League Dark" back to the drawing board. Variety reporter Justin Kroll took to his Twitter account on Wednesday, August 23 to reveal that the studio's "back to work on script after recent presentations by directors underwhelmed execs."
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK update: Studio Back to work on script after recent presentations by directors underwhelmed execs
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) August 23, 2017
Following the news of "Justice League Dark" facing rewrites, That Hashtag Show is reporting that Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote last year's "Doctor Strange" along with director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, has been tapped to write the newest script draft for the the long-gestating WB/DC film, which currently does not have a release date.
Daniel Espinosa ("Life (2017)", "Safe House") and Gerard Johnstone ("Housebound") were said to be the frontrunners to direct after the film lost its director Doug Liman. "It" director Andy Muschietti was also reportedly in the running to replace Liman. Liman revealed he departed the project due to scheduling conflicts, as he's currently busy making "Chaos Walking" and has to soon start working on "Edge of Tomorrow" sequel.
Guillermo del Toro was set to direct "Justice League Dark", which was initially called "Dark Universe", since the project's announcement back in November 2012. But WB went in another direction following the lukewarm box office performance of "Pacific Rim".
Scott Rudin joined the project as a producer in 2015, and Michael Gilio penned the current draft of the script. Though details of the story are still scarce, the movie reportedly will center around a team that includes John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon.
Aside from co-writing "Doctor Strange", Spaihts is well-known for his work writing Ridley Scott's 2012 sci-fi film "Prometheus" and Morten Tyldum's "Passengers (2016)" starring %cChris Pratt% and %cJennifer Lawrence%. He is also involved in the development of Universal's "Van Helsing (2016)" reboot after having worked on the screen play for "The Mummy".