It comes as no surprise there’s a behind-the-scenes shake-up concerning DC Films at Warner Bros Studio’s after the disappointing box office returns of Justice League.
Variety reports Jon Berg, Warner Bros. co-president of production and Justice League producer will be leaving his current job running DC films production and becoming a production partner with IT and The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee.
Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich released a statement:
“This is something that Jon approached me about six months ago, and he expressed his goal was to ultimately be a producer at the studio. I first met Jon when, as a producer, he brought ‘Elf’ to New Line, which remains one of the best and most evergreen titles in the library. We’re thrilled that Jon is partnering with Roy and anticipate their company being a valuable source of movies for Warner Bros. and New Line.”
The studio are on the hunt for someone to replace Berg to run point on DC’s films. Geoff Johns, who worked hand in hand with Berg on the creative direction of the DC Films, is expected to continue serving as DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer. John’s contribution to the film side could be more of an advisory role, rather than producer, with him still reporting to DC president Diane Nelson. He will continue to work in other areas within DC, such as television and publishing.
Warner Bros. Picture Group President Toby Emmerich is also looking at integrating DC’s film operations into the studio’s main movie arm, just like what Fox’s does with it’s X-Men franchise. Producing the film’s under the studio’s banner.
Warner Bros. had hoped Justice League would’ve been the $1.5 billion box-office smash hit that Marvel had with first Avengers. However, Justice League is currently struggling to pass Man of Steel’s $668 million box office total, it’s currently sitting at $572.1 during its third week.
Variety’s report also claims the studio don’t have any plans for Zack Snyder to helm another DC Film right now, but he is producing Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2.
These changes are happening immediately, with the overhaul expected to be completed by January 2018.
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