The surging — and profitable — trend of comic book adaptations will now see Steven Spielberg enter the ring to bring Blackhawk to the silver screen for DC Comics.
According to a new report from the Hollywood Reporter earlier today, the renowned filmmaker will not only produce the project but could also sit for direction.
“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit [Ready Player One], 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.”
The new comic book adaptation will involve screenwriter David Koep (Jurassic Park) and secondary producer Kristie Macosko Krieger (Ready Player One). If Spielberg does decide to helm the project, it will be after he has made room out of his busy schedule for the untitled Indiana Jones sequel.
For those unaware, Blackhawk is the eponymous leader of a small team of skilled pilots called the Blackhawk Squadron. They fought during World War II for justice and against tyranny, taking on dangerous missions in the night across the globe. The military setting garnered immense popularity during the early 1940s. In fact, there was a time when every single issue in the comic book series would outsell every other comic book in the stores, all except Superman.
It is unclear if the movie adaptation will take place in the same World War II era or if Spielberg will decide to give it a modern touch. Looking at how the filmmaker has given fans amazing movies such as Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Letters From Iwo Jima (2006), we are definitely in for a historical setting.
Blackhawk remains without a release date or any other relating details for the time being.