An announcement we didn’t see coming… Warner Bros. has officially announced that superstar director Steven Spielberg is headed to the world of DC Comics. Spielberg will be working on an adaption of Blackhawk.
For those not in the know Blackhawk is the leader of Blackhawk Squadron, an elite team of World War II-era pilots. The series was created by Chuck Cuidera, Bob Powell and Will Eisner, the team debuted in Quality Comics’ Military Comics #1 in 1941.
DC Comics gained ownership of the property in 1956. The team, which usually consists of seven members, wears blue-and-yellow uniforms with a hawk insignia. Using their Grumman XF5F Skyrocket planes, they fight tyranny and oppression across the globe.
The original statement from Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich reads:
“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.”
Blackhawk is being written by David Koepp, a long-time collaborator of Spielberg as a screenwriter. He has previously worked on the blockbusters Jurassic Park, The Lost Word: 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. Entertainment shingle.
Spielberg had this to say of the film:
“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring ‘Ready Player One’ to the screen,” Spielberg said. “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.’”