Dan Lin to Lead – The Hollywood Reporter


Has DC’s new head been found?

Dan Lin, the executive producer who counts hits like the live-action Aladdin, the Lego movie, and the It horror movies under his credits, is in talks to take on the role of DC chief, multiple sources say The Hollywood Reporter.

The role would oversee not only film but television, with Lin reporting directly to David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros., according to sources. Discovery.

The proposed structure would bypass three separate division heads – the heads of Warner Bros. Pictures, Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, HBO/HBO Max chef Casey Bloys and Warner Bros. TV chairman Channing Dungey — and hand control of DC to one person.

Walter Hamada, the current head of DC Films, is said to be switching. A Warners insider says no negotiations are taking place and no official offer has been made, although other sources say the parties are discussing the salary, reporting structure and future of Lin’s prolific production company, Rideback.

If a deal is struck, it would conclude one of the most intense executive searches in recent memory, one that has been criticized by rival Hollywood producers and executives, as well as DC fans.

Zaslav has said he was looking for Warners’ own version of Kevin Feige, the famed Marvel director who directed the rival comic book company’s film slate, and later its TV portfolio, and transformed it into a multi-pop culture juggernaut. billions of dollars.

That’s an almost impossible question, but it didn’t stop executives’ names from popping up. Emma Watts proved to be an early contender, while in recent months there have been rumors that names like Amy Pascal, Matt Tolmach, Sean Bailey and Greg Berlanti would be holding meetings or being pushed by savvy desk heads.

Lin’s name appeared late in the game, but he has a champion in Warners advisor Alan Horn, the former Disney chairman who led Warners as president and COO at the time. It was during that last tenure that Lin worked for Horn, starting as a junior executive and growing up to senior vp production. He only struck as a producer in 2008, but not before making films like the deceased and 10,000 BC He also oversaw the infamous and aborted Justice League feature film allegedly directed by George Miller. (The 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike and the complications of tax credits were factors in the slippage.)

Lin is a respected producer known for his cleverness and, in a city full of hype and egos, his willingness to find experts in the areas that aren’t his forte. He has worked on franchises – the Robert Downey Jr. film featuring Sherlock Holmes films, the four Lego films – and on the hugely successful two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s It. His resume ranges from big offers, such as the billion-dollar gross profit aladdinto intimate dramas, such as the Oscar nominee The Two Popes. It’s coming from the release of Universal’s Jo Koy comedy in early August Easter Sunday.

And he also has TV experience, a key factor for the new position. Lin and his manager produced the Deadly Weapon show that aired for three seasons on Fox and hikerthe reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger which will begin its third season on The CW this fall. He and his company are post-production of the live-action series on a big budget Avatar: The Last Airbender for Netflix.

Lin has also shown off-screen ambitions. Its banner, Rideback, has a non-profit organization and several initiatives and grants that help BIPOC and emerging entrepreneurs. It’s unclear what would happen to Rideback, but one scenario, according to sources, is that Warner Bros. Discovery would take some interest in the company. Rideback would also continue to operate as a manufacturing entity and be led by current president Jonathan Eirich.

If Lin takes over, he will replace Hamada, who joined DC in 2018, a time when the brand wanted to reset Justice League (2017) bombed. Hamada, who had a reputation as an amiable collaborator, kept a much lower profile than Marvel’s Feige, who is the face of the franchise. While rival Marvel Studios has a closely connected universe, DC under Hamada explored some stories that took place in separate universes, including the $1 billion grossing, Oscar-winning joker (2019) and Matt Reeves’ the batter (2022), which grossed $769.2 million worldwide. Sequels to both are in the works.

Hamada built relationships with talent such as Marvel favorite James Gunn, who directed The Suicide Squad (2021) and created the HBO Max spin-off peacekeeper and has other projects in development at DC.

However, Hamada’s tenure also underscored the public pressure that comes with running DC. For the past two years, Hamada has been the subject of critical tweets from Justice League actor Ray Fisher, who put the director in the unusual position of heading a film department while being publicly criticized by one of its stars. In the summer of 2020, Fisher accused filmmaker Joss Whedon of abusive and unprofessional behavior on the set of 2017 reshoots for Justice League, which Whedon oversaw after director Zack Snyder left. Although Hamada was not in DC during the production of Justice LeagueFisher accused the director of to attempt to throw both Whedon and producer Jon Berg “under the bus” to protect Geoff Johns, another Justice League producer Fisher said Whedon turned on. Hamada was acquitted in the studio’s investigation into a… Justice League interference.

Hamada was gearing up to release three or four films a year between theaters and HBO Max when the Warner Bros. merger. Discovery took place. Some see his departure as only halfway through his DC price correction, while other observers think he didn’t get enough internal support from the previous AT&T regime.

Lin was set to join DC at a time when Zaslav has vowed to reshape DC with a 10-year plan.

“We have done a reset. … We think we can build a much stronger, sustainable growth company out of DC,” Zaslav said in an earnings call on Aug. 4, just two days after scrapping the $90 million HBO Max. batgirl film that Hamada presided over. “We are going to focus on quality. We’re not going to release a movie until it’s ready. … DC is something we can improve upon.”

Aaron Couch contributed to this story.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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