Steven Spielberg directing a comic-book superhero movie… it was bound to happen at some point, don’t you think? Sure enough, it looks like he might be helming a big-screen adaptation of DC Comics’ Blackhawk.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. are going to develop – the same team who did Ready Player One — with Spielberg eyeing the director seat.
Screenwriter David Koepp is also on tap to write it. He’s been a longtime Spielberg collaborator, having written Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Koepp’s last Spielberg effort, Crystal Skull, does not inspire a whole lot of confidence (wow, that was a mess of a movie), but still, working off source material might be a better deal.
“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,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich told THR in a statement. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing Blackhawk to movie audiences worldwide.”
Blackhawk follows the story of an international squadron of heroic pilots in WWII, fighting Nazis and led by a man known as Blackhawk. The comic was initially under the Military Comics banner, with the involvement of comic-book legend Will Eisner and published by Quality Comics. DC acquired the material in 1956. It was a huge seller in the 1940s.
So this doesn’t really sound like that much of a stretch for the famed director. Spielberg loves WWII stories, having directed one of the best WWII movies of all time with Saving Private Ryan. And special effects (if they’re needed) are a big deal either. Guess it just took some time to figure out how Spielberg would enter the comic-book world.