Warner Bros. has announced legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to produce a feature film based on DC’s Golden Age comic book hero Blackhawk, with the studio eyeing him to direct the film as well.
The mysterious titular character who first appeared in Military Comics #1 led the Blackhawks, a squadron of World War II-era pilots which Blackhawk formed from occupied countries after his brother and sister were killed in a bombing by the Germans army.
David Koepp (Jurassic Park) is developing the script. Spielberg will produce the film with Kristie Macosko Krieger through Amblin Entertainment, while Sue Kroll will serve as an executive producer on the project under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment banner.
The announcement of Spielberg’s first foray into the DC Universe comes hot off the success of his latest blockbuster, Ready Player One. Warner Bros. Pictures chairman Toby Emmerich released an official statement, expressing his pride and excitement to be collaborating with Spielberg on the first film based on the Blackhawk character:
“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.”
Spielberg also released a statement, sharing his excitement to once again work with the studio:
“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.”
In addition to Blackhawk, Spielberg’s next projects include a remake of the classic musical West Side Story, and the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise which the filmmaker is looking to start filming in April of 2019.
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Source: Warner Bros.