DC's Suicide Squad Heads to Big Screen

Suicide Squad is the latest DC Comics property to be put in development for a feature film by Warners Bros. Both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety are reporting the studio has hired Justin Marks to write a screenplay.

Marks, who is currently rewriting "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" for Disney and McG, also wrote the Green Arrow script "Supermax",  which could signal good news for comic book fans if Warners is happy enough with that script to put Marks on Suicide Squad.

Dan Lin and his studio-based Lin Pictures ("Sherlock Holmes", "Terminator Salvation") will produce with an eye towards a potential franchise.

According to the Variety, the film will feature "a mix of well-known and unknown [super] villains recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes. The historically independent operators must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task."

The Reporter adds that Deadshot is a strong candidate to be a character in the film.

In other genre from the latest updates from the trades:

- Total Recall, the 1990 Paul Verhoeven-directed Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action vehicle based on the Phillip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" is headed back to the big screen. Columbia is in final negotiations to develop and produce a remake.

Calling Dick's story "prescient," producer Neal H. Moritz said he hopes the advancements in technology and state-of-the-art visual effects can help tell the "Recall" story in a fresh way.

- And in other remake news, The NeverEnding Story may be living up to its title. Warner Bros., along with The Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Leonard DiCaprio's Appian Way are in discussion to revive the 1980's children's fantasy franchise.

- Dead of Night, the Brandon Routh starrer based on Tiziano Sclavi's Italian comic book series Dylan Dog starts production this week in New Orleans.

- Finally, Cate Blanchett will play Maid Marian opposite Russell Crowe's Robin Hood in the Ridley Scott-directed adventure for Universal. Called a "Gladiator" version of the Robin Hood legend, the film reportedly will accurately reflect the historical period it is set in. It as previously entitled "Nottingham" but is undergoing a title change.

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