I missed this exciting bit of news yesterday evening, so forgive me for being tardy. ANYWAY…
Below you’ll find the official press release Warner Bros. provided BOF yesterday announcing that Steven Spielberg to make BLACKHAWK — based on the classic DC Comics comic book — for Warner Bros. This will not a superhero movie, but a World War II-era action adventure film.
Led by a mysterious man known as Blackhawk, the Blackhawks (AKA the “Blackhawk Squadron”) are a small team of ace World War II-era pilots who operate from a hidden base know as “Blackhawk Island.” The comic was originally published by Quality Comics starting in 1941, and then by DC Comics beginning in 1956. Historical note: Kirk Alyn — the first actor to portray Superman in live-action — played Blackhawk in the 1950s movie serial.
You’ll find more info in the press release below the image. – Bill “Jett” Ramey
Burbank, CA – April 17, 2018 – On the heels of their successful collaboration on “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” with an eye to Spielberg directing the film. Based on the classic DC property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered around characters from DC. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “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. We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”
The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Spielberg will produce the film together with Kristie Macosko Krieger, under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.
Spielberg noted, “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.’”
Spielberg’s next two films are the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and “West Side Story.”
“Blackhawk” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.