Walter Hamada, the executive behind New Line's hugely successful horror hits like It and the Conjuring series, has been hired by Warner Bros.to save the day at its DC Films division. Former DC Films production leader Jon Berg was reassigned to work with The Lego Movie's Roy Lee. Hamada most recently served as EVP of Production and New Line.
Prior to his promotion at DC Films, Hamada was a producer for New Line Cinemas, which is overseeing the Shazam! film.
"Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films", said Emmerich. Pictures' DC Films division.
Geoff Johns has commented on reports that Walter Hamada has stepped in to work with him as the two heads sof Warner Bros.
As Emmerich mentioned, Hamada will be working alongside DC Entertainment's chief creative officer, Geoff Johns, for future DC films. There is already a positive working relationship between the two, with Johns now serving as a writer on Shazam! and Hamada overseeing production. I'm confident Walter and Geoff, working with our filmmaking partners, will deliver films that will resonate with both broad global audiences as well as DC fanboys and fangirls. Berg was Warner's co-president of production and previously served as the point man for the studio's DC films. Despite all this, Warner Bros. has not quite given up on its shared universe and is clearly hoping Hamada can find success like he did with It and Annabelle: Creation. While Wonder Woman was a huge success for the DC brand, becoming 2017's third highest-grossing title with $821.8 million, Justice League - essentially DC's version of Marvel's Avengers - hasn't broken even yet with just under $700M.
Up next for the DCEU is James Wan's Aquaman movie, which has a December 21, 2018 release; David F. Sandberg is directing and developing the Shazam! movie starring Zachary Levi for an April 2019 release, and Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot return for Wonder Woman 2 set for a November 1, 2019 release date.
Hamada has been named the DC Movies president, tasked with shepherding the embattled DC Extended Universe past the critical and commercial stumbles that climaxed with last year's Justice League.