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

The Long Gestation of HBO Max Green lantern The TV Series is shifting gears.

The drama, which will run from late 2019, will now focus on John Stewart, one of DC’s first black superheroes. The series, from executive producer Greg Berlanti, was originally slated to revolve around Guy Gardner and Alan Scott, and had already cast Finn Wittrock (Ratched) and Jeremy Irwin (Treadstone) as respective green lanterns.

As part of the 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 Graham-Smith signed on a year later as a writer and showrunner. Green lantern Announced, HBO Max, its parent company, producers Warner Bros. Television and DC Comics chose to walk away from the project after going through a number of regime changes.

Decide to refocus Green lantern Coming at a critical time for DC. Sources say Jon Stewart’s character was off the table for the show’s producers to focus on the first Green Lantern, openly gay Alan Scott and Guy Gardner, as well as “a bunch of other Lanterns, from comic book favorites to never. – Heroes seen before. With the recent departure of DC Comics frontman Walter Hamada, the decision was made to start and build the show around Jon Stewart, who first appeared in the early 1970s and was portrayed by Sidney Poitier. It is worth noting that Green lantern The creative overhaul has nothing to do with the fact that this week James Gunn and Peter Safran were tapped to head DC Studios’ film, television and animation into a role similar to that of Marvel’s Kevin Feige. (Gunn and Safran don’t start their new jobs until Nov. 1.)

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From the previous incarnation, only Berlanti and his Warner Bros. TV-based Berlanti Productions remain attached Green lantern. (Fellow executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who was originally set to co-write the pilot with Graham-Smith, recently became unattached to the show ahead of its retooling.)

When plans for HBO Max were announced Green lantern In October 2019, Berlanti described it as the “biggest DC show ever” planned to go into space. Insiders at the time said it was poised to be the most expensive show DC has ever made, and easily the biggest for HBO Max, with a budget estimated in the $120 million range. (dragon’s house By comparison, the cost is less than $200 million.)

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HBO Max, under David Zaslav’s joint Warner Bros. Discovery, is expected to see the show’s budget cut significantly going forward as it focuses on right-sizing its various assets. As part of the move to find an estimated $3 billion in cost savings, Zaslav and his division leaders have abandoned a number of planned projects at Berlanti. Strange Adventures JJ Abrams’ HBO original series, an anthology for HBO Max Demmond And already completed Batgirl Feature film. (For Demmond, (HBO reportedly turned down Abrams’ request for a budget north of $200 million.)

WBD said in an SEC filing this week that it expects to take $2 billion to $2.5 billion in content-related tax write-offs. Finished before eight Green lantern Those tax write-offs are expected to include the script, with sources pointing out that it was not Grahame-Smith’s creativity that ultimately doomed the show’s first incarnation, but its price tag.

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As for Wittrock and Irvine, nothing has been signed Green lantern. Sources indicate that Berlanti Productions is interested in working with the two actors as the project moves forward, which currently has a series commitment to the script. In the spring of 2021, when Wittrock and Irwin were cast, the show was still in full swing and was scheduled to begin filming that same year. The project is now on a slow, HBO-like development path under Bloys and Warner Bros. TV topper Channing Dungey. A new logline for the series has yet to be decided as the project is back in early development.

Representatives for HBO Max, Warners, Berlanti Productions and Grahame-Smith declined to comment.

The HBO Max take is Berlanti’s second stab at the Green Lantern world. He previously wrote the screenplay (with Michael Green, Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg) for the 2011 DC production starring Ryan Reynolds. The film received negative reviews and was considered a flop. It earned $219 million against a budget of $200 million.


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