‘Green Lantern’ HBO Max Series Being Redeveloped (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter

HBO Max Long-Jisting green lantern The TV series is changing gears.

The drama, which has been in the works since late 2019, will now focus on Jon Stewart, one of DC’s first black superheroes. The series, from executive producer Greg Berlanti, was originally supposed to revolve around Guy Gardner and Alan Scott and was previously directed by Finn Wittrock (pulled) and Jeremy Irwin (stone stone) as related Green Lanterns.

As part of a creative overhaul, writer and showrunner Seth Grahame-Smith has left the series after completing the script for a full season of eight episodes. Sources say Grahame-Smith, who signed on as a writer and showrunner a year later green lantern Announced, HBO Max chose to drop the project after a season of multiple regime changes at its parent company, producer Warner Bros. Television and now DC Comics.

Decide to refocus green lantern It comes at a crucial time for DC. Sources say the role of Jon Stewart was off the table for the producers, who focused the show on the first Green Lanterns, openly gay Alan Scott and Guy Gardner, as well as “a host of other Lanterns — from comic book fans to the ever-present.” not even – Heroes seen before. With the recent exit of DC Comics top Walter Hamada, the decision was made to launch and build the show around Jon Stewart, a character that first appeared in the early 1970s and was modeled after Sidney Poitier. It is worth noting that green lantern The creative overhaul has nothing to do with this week’s news that James Gunn and Peter Safran have been tapped to lead film, TV and animation at DC Studios in a role similar to what Kevin Feige is doing at Marvel. . (Gunn and Safran won’t start their new jobs until November 1.)

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Of the previous incarnations, only Berlanti and his Warner Bros. TV-based Berlanti Productions are connected. green lantern (Fellow executive producer Mark Guggenheim, who was originally slated to co-create the pilot with Graham-Smith, was not involved with the show until recently before its ratings.)

When HBO Max announced plans green lantern In October 2019, Berlanti described it as “the biggest DC show ever made”, with plans for the series to go into space. Insiders at the time said it was the most expensive show DC had ever made and easily the biggest for HBO Max with an estimated budget in the $120 million range. (home of the dragon In comparison, the price is less than $200 million.)

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The show’s budget is expected to be significantly lower going forward as HBO Max, David Zaslav’s co-headlining Warner Bros. Under Discovery, it is focusing on improving its various assets. As part of the move to find an estimated $3 billion in cost savings, Zaslaw and his division leaders have abandoned several projects that included Berlanti’s plans. Strange stories HBO Max, an anthology for JJ Abrams’ HBO original series Dammond And already complete Batgirl Feature film. (for the dammond, (HBO is said to be standing by Abrams’ request for a budget north of $200 million.)

WBD said in an SEC filing this week that it expects to charge $2 billion to $2.5 billion related to the tax write-off. Eight were completed earlier green lantern The script is expected to be included in these tax write-offs as sources believe it wasn’t Graham-Smith’s creativity that ultimately ruined the show’s first incarnation but rather its price tag.

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As for Wittrock and Irvine, neither signed on green lantern Sources indicate that Berlanti Productions is keen to work with both actors if and when the project, which is currently a script-to-series commitment, moves forward. In the spring of 2021, when Wittrock and Irwin were cast, the show was still in full swing and was set to begin shooting that same year. The project is now on a slower, more HBO-like, development track under Blaise and Warner Bros. TV topper Channing Dungey. A new storyline for the series has not yet been determined as the project is in early development.

Representatives for HBO Max, Warners, Brilliance Productions and Graham Smith declined to comment.

HBO Max Tech is Berlanti’s second foray into the world of Green Lantern. He previously wrote the screenplay (with Michael Green, Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg) for the 2011 DC-produced Ryan Reynolds starrer. The film was met with negative reviews and was considered a flop. It grossed $219 million against a $200 million budget.


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