Renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg has boarded Warner Bros.' film adaptation of DC Comics' Blackhawk.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg will produce the film, with the intention of "developing it as a directing vehicle." Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp is penning the script for the movie. Koepp has also worked with Spielberg on The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit [Ready Player One], and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing Blackhawk to movie audiences worldwide.”
In the comics, Blackhawk is the leader of Blackhawk Squadron, an elite team of World War II-era pilots. Created by Chuck Cuidera, Bob Powell and Will Eisner, the team debuted in Quality Comics' Military Comics #1 in 1941; DC Comics later acquired the property in 1956. The team, which usually consists of seven members, wears blue-and-yellow uniforms with a hawk insignia. Using their Grumman XF5F Skyrocket planes, they fight tyranny and oppression across the globe.
The Blackhawks have been the subject of a film serial, a radio series and a novel. They also appeared in the Justice League animated series as well as its followup, Justice League Unlimited. The CW's Arrow has featured appearances by Blackhawk Security, which draws its name from the Blackhawk Squadron.
At the time of writing, it is unclear if Spielberg's Blackhawk film adaption will take place in World War II like its source material. However, this seems likely, as that was the height of Blackhawk's popularity and Spielberg has tackled the time period often in his films.
Steven Spielberg's Blackhawk does not yet have a release date.