It was widely reported several weeks ago that Jungle Cruise helmer Jaume Collet-Serra was in talks to board DC’s Black Adam film, starring Dwayne Johnson in the titular role. Thanks to the producer, we now have an update on the highly-anticipated supervillain flick.
While attending the world premiere of Hobbs & Shaw, Cinemablend spoke with producer Hiram Garcia regarding the DC villain’s movie and the recent acquirement of director Jaume Collet-Serra. Garcia not only praised the filmmaker but also confirmed his deal is nearly done.
“Jaume is a real talent. He is one of my favorite directors I’ve ever worked with. Not only is he talented, he’s an unbelievable collaborator. He’s an amazing visionary. And what we have in store with Black Adam and for the fans, I am so excited inside. Inside, I take pride as being a fanboy. I started as a fanboy before I became a producer, so I hold onto that DNA. His vision for what we want to do with Black Adam is fantastic. So, that deal’s almost closed. He’s ready to go, and I think the fans are going to be really happy.”
Although the deal isn’t finalized just yet, Garcia mentioned that Collet-Serra is ready to go. He is already familiar with lead star Dwayne Johnson after working with him on Disney’s Jungle Cruise film. He’s currently in post-production for it, which means he should be able to bounce to begin prep on Black Adam sometime this year for a 2020 production start.
The acclaimed filmmaker has been making his mark for years now. He directed and produced both The Shallows and The Commuter, both of which grossed roughly $120 million worldwide.
The GWW reported back in March that the current script is rumored to be heavily inspired by the “Black Adam: The Dark Age” comic story arc. It follows Teth-Adam’s journey to resurrect his wife after losing powers, leading him on a quest to find both his magical abilities and the one thing that keeps his heart from turning completely black with rage. Due to being a high-profile villain, the Justice Society of America is after him.
Black Adam is currently without an official release date from Warner Bros.