Warner Bros. clearly wants to stay in the Steven Spielberg business. The studio is reuniting with the 71-year-old director for a new project. They previously teamed up on the current hit, Ready Player One. The new film is another action adventure but a comic book adaptation.
Spielberg has signed on to produce and possibly direct the DC Comics film, Blackhawk. The comic book series told of an international squadron of heroic pilots led by a man named Blackhawk who fought the Nazis and their ilk in World War II. During its peak in the early 1940s, Blackhawk titles routinely outsold every other comic book but Superman.
“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,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”
In addition to Blackhawk, also on Spielberg’s docket are Indiana Jones 5 and a remake of West Side Story.
“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen,” Spielberg said in a statement. “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 other Spielberg news, he recently achieved a huge box office milestone. With his latest film, Ready Player One, approaching $500 million at the global box office, he becomes the first member of the $10 billion directors’ club. Not adjusting for inflation, he crosses that benchmark thanks to raking in $4.649 billion domestically and $5.351 billion internationally throughout his career.
After Spielberg, the next top-grossing directors at the global box office are Peter Jackson ($6.521 billion), Michael Bay ($6.451 billion) and James Cameron ($6.139 billion). Congrats to Steven for this amazing feat.