Steven Spielberg has signed on to produce (and possibly direct) a Warner Bros. movie based on DC's Blackhawk. According to DC's announcement of the project, "Spielberg is hoping to direct" the project.
Long-time collaborator David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will write the script.
“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.”
Originally created in 1941 by Will Eisner, Bob Powell, and Chuck Cuidera for Quality Comics, Blackhawk's original story was of an international squadron of fighter pilots during World War II. DC Comics acquired Blackhawk (and much of Quality Comics) in 1956. In the recent Dark Nights: Metal comics event, the Blackhawks were tied into modern-day continuity and the Hawkman mythos.
“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.”
Spielberg is producing Blackhawk through his Amblin Entertainment shingle, with former Warner Bros. studio executive Sue Kroll also signed on through her shingle, Kroll & Co. Entertainment.
Warner Bros. did not announce whether Blackhawks will be produced under the DC Films banner.