Finally, after years of waiting, Steven Spielberg will tackle a superhero movie.
The prolific director and his company Amblin Entertainment are teaming with Warner Bros. to produce Blackhawk, with the intention of Spielberg directing.
Based on the classic comic-book property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered on a superhero character. Spielberg most recently directed Ready Player One for Warner Bros., which has so far grossed $476 million worldwide following its release late last month. Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group had this to say in a statement:
“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, War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Spielberg will produce the film with Kristie Macosko Krieger under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce under her Kroll & Co.
Spielberg spoke about the project in his own statement:
“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 was first introduced in 1941 by Quality Comics before the property was acquired by DC Comics in 1957. In the comics, Blackhawk was the leader of the Blackhawk Squadron, an elite group of pilots that fought in World War II.
Spielberg is currently working on the fifth Indiana Jones movie, which will be his next project. Production on Blackhawk would not only have to come after that, but also after West Side Story, the adaptation that Spielberg has said he’ll direct following the Indiana Jones movie.
It’s currently unknown when exactly Spielberg will shoot Blackhawk or if this project will tie into the DC Extended Universe or the new line of DC films centered on standalone stories.