HBO Max Series Redevelopment by Greg Berlanti, Writer’s Loss (Exclusive)

HBO Max Long Pregnancy green lantern The TV series changes gears.

The drama that has been in the works since late 2019 will now focus on Jon Stewart, one of the capital’s black superheroes. The series, from executive producer Greg Berlanti, was originally supposed to revolve around Jay Gardner and Alan Scott and had already cast Finn Wittrock (tornand Jeremy IrvineTristone) such as related green lanterns.

As part of a creative overhaul, writer and showrunner Seth Graham Smith left the series after completing scripts for an entire eight-episode season. Sources say Grahame-Smith, who signed on as writer and show director a year later green lantern Announced, she chose to leave the project after going over a number of system changes at HBO Max, parent company, producers Warner Bros. Television and now DC Comics.

The decision to refocus green lantern Arrive at a pivotal time for the capital. Sources say the Jon Stewart character was off the table for producers who envisioned the show focusing on the first Green Lantern, openly gay Alan Scott, and Jay Gardner as well as “many other lanterns – from comic book favorites to ever-seen heroes before.” With Walter Hamada exiting DC Comics recently, a decision was made to start over and build the show around Jon Stewart, a character who debuted in the early 1970s and was modeled after Sidney Poitier. green lantern The creative overhaul has nothing to do with the news this week that James Gunn and Peter Safran have been tapped to lead film, television and animation at DC Studios in a role similar to what Kevin Feige is doing at Marvel. (Gan and Safran don’t start their new jobs until November 1.)

Of the previous incarnations, only Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV-based Berlanti Productions has remained associated with Green lantern. (Fellow executive producer Mark Guggenheim, who had originally been willing to co-write the pilot alongside Graham Smith, had not recently participated in the show prior to its retool.)

When HBO Max announced its plans for green lantern In October 2019, Berlanti described it as “the biggest DC show ever,” with plans for the series to go into space. Insiders said at the time that it was poised to be DC’s most expensive show ever, and easily the biggest for HBO Max with an estimated budget of around $120 million. (Dragon House By comparison, it cost less than $200 million.)

The budget for the show in the future is expected to be much lower as HBO Max, under the direction of Warner Bros., focuses. Joint Discovery, David Zaslav, on determining the appropriate size for its various assets. As part of a move to find cost savings estimated at $3 billion, Zaslav and his squad leaders have dropped a number of projects including Berlanti’s planned strange adventures Anthology of HBO Max and JJ Abrams on HBO Originals Dimond It’s already over bat girl Feature film. (for Dimond, HBO reportedly declined Abrams’ request for a budget north of $200 million).

The WBD said in an SEC filing this week that it expects to receive $2 billion to $2.5 billion in content-related tax cuts. Eight has already been completed green lantern Scripts are expected to be included in these tax cuts, with sources confirming that it wasn’t Grahame-Smith’s creativity that ultimately wiped out the show’s first incarnation but rather its price tag.

As for Wittrock and Irvine, neither of them are signed Green lantern. Sources indicate that Berlanti Productions is eager to work with both actors when and if the project, which currently has a script-to-series commitment, moves forward. In the spring of 2021, when Wittrock and Irvine were cast, the show was still fast and filming was scheduled to begin the same year. The project is now on a slower, more HBO-like development path under Bloys and Warner Bros. TV Top Channing Dungey. A new recording line for the series has yet to be determined as the project is back in early development.

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

HBO Max is Berlanti’s second stab at the world of Green Lantern. He previously penned the script (along with Michael Green, Guggenheim, and Michael Goldenberg) for DC’s director Ryan Reynolds in 2011. This film was met with negative reviews and considered a failure. Total income was $219 million against a budget of $200 million.

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