Fifty Shades of Gray and Ghost Rider producer Michael De Luca in talks to join Warner Bros. Discovery, could lead DC Films
Film producer Michael De Luca, best known recently for the series American Rust, is in talks to join the new regime of Warner Bros. Discovery and it could mean big things for DC’s film division.
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Variety reported in May that De Luca and his partner Pamela Abdy could be in the running for positions at WBD if negotiations go well. The publication was tight-lipped on specifics, but noted that the deal was tied to “access to DC Entertainment to some extent.”
Geekosity’s Mikey Sutton is encouraged by this news, seeing it as a sign that De Luca will be named head of DC Films as he has a knowledge of comics, which is important to CEO David Zaslav, and an affinity for Frank Miller as the one displayed by Zack Snyder. in Batman vs. Superman.
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Sutton wrote, “De Luca is a huge comic book fan. Obviously, Zaslav is looking for someone who has comic knowledge and not just financial knowledge. Specifically, De Luca likes writer/artist Frank Miller as Snyder.
Sutton adds: “Sources reveal that De Luca admires Snyder and wants to work with him.” He also pointed out that De Luca almost dipped his toes into the DCEU with Suicide Squad 2 when it was supposed to be a direct sequel to David Ayer’s butchered summer blockbuster. Obviously that wasn’t the case and WB took a new direction with James Gunn.
The arrival of De Luca and Abdy could be the key to the revival of the Snyderverse. Sutton notoriously believes that Snyder’s DCEU, and everything about it, is coming back and that Zaslav is keen for that to happen.
Zaslav is also trying to get rid of the current DC Films Pres. Walter Hamada, according to an earlier scoop, and aiming to restructure DC, creatively and bureaucratically, into a studio that mimics the Marvel model.
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If the duo of De Luca and Abdy are to become the new brains of a new era of DC Studios, it will be months before we know because the deal is expected to take that long to close. They are stepping down from their current roles at MGM this summer.
Like Hamada, De Luca has a history at New Line Cinema as president of production. He held the same position at Dreamworks and has three Oscars under his belt.
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Among his credits as a producer are Captain Phillips, the Fifty Shades trilogy, Dracula Untold, and the completion of John Carpenter’s Apocalypse trilogy, In the Mouth of Madness.
His forays into comic book movies are Nicolas Cage’s turns as Ghost Rider and Priest, the dystopian thriller about a vampire hunter played by Paul Bettany that’s loosely based on a Korean manga.
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