Steven Spielberg to helm DC Comics adaptation ‘Blackhawk’

Steven Spielberg to helm DC Comics adaptation 'Blackhawk'

April 18 (UPI) — Steven Spielberg is developing a film adaptation of DC Comics property Blackhawk about an elite group of pilots who fought in World War II.

Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment are producing the film for Warner Bros. with the intention of the filmmaker taking on directing duties.

David Koepp, a frequent collaborator of Spielberg’s who has penned Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is writing the script.

Blackhawk was first introduced in 1941 by Quality Comics before DC acquired the property in 1957. The series followed a man named Blackhawk who led an international group of pilots known as the Blackhawk Squadron during World War II.

Spielberg last collaborated with Warner Bros. on Ready Player One which has grossed over $476 million worldwide since hitting theaters in March.

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen,” Spielberg said in a statement. “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk.

Spielberg is next set to helm a fifth Indiana Jones film followed by a remake of musical West Side Story.