May 30, 2024

J.J. Abrams to Produce New Superman Film Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates

American author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates gets set to write a new Superman film for DC Films and Warner Bros.

The new film will be produced by J.J. Abrams’ film company Bad Robot Productions who is most recently producing Mission: Impossible 7. The project is still in very early development so no casting has occurred nor is a director tied to the project. However, Hannah Minghella will also produce.

“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” Coates said in an earlier statement. The former national correspondent for The Atlantic also said he is looking forward “to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”

Coates first gained recognition and a readership following at The Atlantic, where he focused on cultural, political, and social issues regarding African Americans and white supremacy. Since then he has gone on to contribute to other publications like the Washington Post and New York Times Magazine. Coates has also published three non-fiction books The Beautiful StruggleBetween the World and Me, and We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.

“Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me’ opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”

Superman will not be the first crack Coates has had at writing about superheroes. The author has already written a Black Panther and a Captain America series for Marvel Comics. 

“There is a new, powerful, and moving Superman story yet to be told,” said Abrams. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity.”

Source: Variety


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