AceShowbiz - Steven Spielberg is ready to venture into superhero genre. The A-list filmmaker is tackling DC Comics property "Blackhawk", teaming up with Warner Bros. to produce the movie under his Amblin Entertainment, with the intention of Spielberg directing.
The project will mark Spielberg's first film centering on characters from the DC Universe. It will also be his first foray into the currently popular superhero genre. The "Jaws" director was previously offered to direct "Superman" (1978), but he turned it down. Richard Donner eventually landed the job.
Spielberg recently teamed up with Warner Bros. on the feature film adaptation of Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" which has become a box office hit. "We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg's latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure," says Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. "We can't wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing 'Blackhawk' to movie audiences worldwide."
Spielberg also states, "It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring 'Ready Player One' to the screen. They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on 'Blackhawk'."
"Blackhawk", created by Chuck Cuidera with input by Bob Powell and Will Eisner, was first published by Quality Comics and later by DC. It centers on Blackhawk, the enigmatic leader of the Blackhawk Squadron, an elite group of pilots that fought in World War II.
The screenplay for "Blackhawk" is being penned by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on his blockbuster films "Jurassic Park", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", "War of the Worlds", and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". Spielberg will produce with Kristie Macosko Krieger, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.
It's currently unknown when Spielberg will begin production on "Blackhawk" as he will be occupied with several other projects. The Academy Award-winning director has said that "Indiana Jones V" will be his next movie and he will direct a remake of "West Side Story" after that.