Director Enters The Fourth World
♦ According to Variety, director Ava DuVernay, whose A Wrinkle In Time is already out in US cinemas and coming out in the UK at the end of next week, has been attached to direct an adaptation of Jack Kirby’s creations for DC The New Gods. Here’s the details…
The filmmaker has come on board to direct “New Gods” at Warner Bros. as part of the studio’s DC Extended Universe. “New Gods,” based on the DC Comics series of the same name, is aimed at creating a new universe of properties for the studio. Created and designed by Jack Kirby, the comic was first released in 1971.
The movie marks the second major superhero tentpole directed by a woman, following another DC property: Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”
DuVernay directed Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” becoming the first woman of colour in Hollywood to helm a live-action film with a production budget of $100 million. The time-travel fantasy has grossed $42.2 million in its first six days in North America.
The New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. New Genesis and Apokolips call themselves gods, living outside of normal time and space in a realm known as the Fourth World.
DuVernay tweeted last year that Big Barda, who is one of the New Gods, was actually her favourite superhero character of all time.
DuVernay also directed the Oscar-nominated documentary “13th” and the civil-rights drama “Selma.” She is the creator and executive producer of the OWN series “Queen Sugar.”
“New Gods” would be a major addition to the DC Extended Universe, which Warner Bros. launched back in 2013 to take advantage of the massive DC library and compete with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. The DCEU launched with 2013’s Man of Steel, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and Justice League, which was the lowest grosser of the five titles, with $657.9 million worldwide.
Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, is the next title in the DC Extended Universe, set for release on 21 Dec. The studio is also moving ahead with a Wonder Woman sequel with Gal Gadot and director Jenkins returning. The movie hits cinemas on 1 Nov. 2019.
In the wake of the dismal box office performance of Justice League, Warner Bros. has been re-organizing the DC film operations by promoting Walter Hamada to president of DC-based film production in an effort to exert more quality control over its big-screen efforts. Toby Emmerich, who was promoted in 2016 to president and chief content officer at Warner Bros., worked with Hamada at New Line, which he ran before moving over to the main studio.
We would never have expected New Gods to end up on the big screen but Marvel proved that a less well-known property like Guardians of The Galaxy can work in the correct hands and with the right approach.