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

HBO Max has been a long time in the making Green Lantern The TV series is changing gears.

The drama, which has been in the works since late 2019, will now focus on John Stewart, one of DC’s first Black heroes. The series, from executive producer Greg Berlanti, would star Guy Gardner and Alan Scott and had already cast Finn Wittrock (Ratched) and Jeremy Irvine (Stepping stone) as the Green Lanterns.

As part of the creative restructuring, writer and showrunner Seth Grahame-Smith left the series after completing the scripts for a full season of eight episodes. Sources say Grahame-Smith, who signed on as writer and showrunner a year later Green Lantern announced, chose to leave the project after a number of management changes at HBO Max, its parent company, producers Warner Bros. Television and now DC Comics.

A decision to refocus Green Lantern comes at an important time for DC. Sources say that John Stewart’s character was off the table for producers who envisioned the show focusing on the original Green Lantern, openly gay Alan Scott, and Guy Gardner along with “a host of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.” With the recent release of DC Comics Walter Hamada, it was decided to start over and build the show around John Stewart, a character that first appeared in the 1970s and was followed by Sidney Poitier. It is important to note that Green Lantern The creative fix has nothing to do with the news this week that James Gunn and Peter Safran have been tapped to lead film, TV and animation at DC Studios in a role similar to that held by Kevin Feige at Marvel. (Gunn and Safran don’t start their new jobs until November 1.)

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In the previous version, only Berlanti and his Warner Bros. Green Lantern. (Producer friend Marc Guggenheim, who was set to write the pilot alongside Grahame-Smith, was recently absent from the show ahead of the retooling.)

When HBO Max announced 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 at the time said it was poised to be DC’s most expensive show ever and easily HBO Max’s biggest with an estimated budget of $120 million. (House of Drakatha, by comparison, it costs less than $200 million.)

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The show’s budget going forward is expected to be much smaller as HBO Max, under David Zaslav’s Warner Bros. affiliate. As part of the move to achieve $3 billion in cost savings, Zaslav and his division leaders have abandoned a number of projects including Berlanti’s proposed. Strange Adventures HBO Max anthology, JJ Abrams’ HBO debut Demimonde and the frog is finished Batgirl the main film. (Because Demimonde, (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 tax-related write-offs. Eight have already been completed Green Lantern the writings are expected to be included in those tax reports as sources maintain that it was not Grahame-Smith’s creativity that ultimately destroyed the first incarnation of the show but its value.

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As for Wittrock and Irvine, neither has been signed yet Green Lantern. Sources indicate that Berlanti Productions is willing 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-tracked and would begin shooting that same year. The project is currently in a slow, HBO-like, development mode under Bloys and Warner Bros. TV star Channing Dungey. A new entry line for the series has yet to be determined as the project is back in early development.

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

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


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