Batman Filmmaker Matt Reeves remains with the Warner Bros. family. Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner have signed a premiere deal with the studio and reunited with Warner Bros. Television, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Reeves will direct and co-write Batman sequel, Robert Pattinson’s film grossing $08. 800,000 worldwide this year. He will write the script with Mattson Tomlin, who was involved in the first part. On the TV side, Warners is moving forward with a spinoff starring Colin Farrell as Penguin, his villain in Batman . Reeves also previously developed a series focused on Gotham Police, but it was reimagined to center on Arkham, the world’s villainous institution. It’s unclear if the series will come to fruition.
Warner Bros. is in turbulent times following the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery, which sees the new Warner Bros. Discovery Company CEO David Zaslav seeks cost savings of $3 billion. Among the casualties is Batgirl , an already filmed HBO Max project that was shelved earlier this month as a tax write-down.
The Reeves project was also one of the casualties of cost cutting. On Monday, news broke that Reeves-produced animated series Batman: The Caped Crusader will no longer have a place on HBO Max. However, according to sources, the series is in deep production and will be available for purchase elsewhere.
Reeves is a brainy filmmaker who also creates projects of mass appeal. Before Batman , he directed the last two installments of the Planet of the Apes prequel series. He gritted his teeth while directing Cloverfield , 2008 found the shot hit.
Reeves is the first filmmaker to land a premiere deal under Warner’s new film bosses Michael DeLuca and Pamela Abdi. Protecting Reeves comes as the studio tries to reassure filmmakers that it’s still a talent-friendly studio after Batgirl was canceled.
“It was a dream to make this legendary studio my home,” Reeves said in a statement. “I’m excited to be working with Mike, Pam and [Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman] Channing [Dungey] and our team to bring the captivating stories I truly love to the big and small screens.”
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