John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon are headed to the big screen as Warner Bros officially announces Dark Universe, with director Doug Liman.
The Justice League Dark film has long been rumored but never officially confirmed, though Guillermo Del Toro was at one time attached to direct. Del Toro has since moved on due to time constraints with other projects and the film was reshelved until producer Scott Rudin signed on last year and breathed new life into the project. Now WB has officially announced not only the title- Dark Universe– but that Doug Liman will helm the project, and it will play a large role in the DC Cinematic Universe, Variety reports. No plot details are available at this time.
Liman leaves the perpetually tumultuous production of Gambit, starring and produced by Channing Tatum, which has had two directors sign on and later drop out, as well as a slew of rumored and ‘in talks’ reports from countless contenders who passed on it. The film has been in production since early 2014 with initial writer troubles, then star troubles and now the director troubles, causing the film to be pushed back three times, and dropped completely from the release schedule once.
Gambit is still eyeing a January 2017 production start, despite the lack of a director, with an as-yet-unscheduled release probably sometime in late 2017 or early 2018. Liman’s previous films include Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and The Bourne Identity, and he is currently in post production on the Tom Cruise film, American Made.