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Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J Abrams will collaborate on an upcoming Superman movie for DC Films


Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J Abrams will collaborate on an upcoming Superman movie for DC Films and Warner Bros.

Ta-Nehisi Coates will write the screenplay for a new Superman movie for DC Films and Warner Bros.

The project is in very early development, but the new film is being produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, with Hannah Minghella also producing. 

There is no director attached to the project at this time and the search for an actor to play Kal-El, better known as Superman, has not yet begun.

In the works: Ta-Nehisi Coates will author the screenplay for a new Superman movie with J.J Abrams set to produce; the writer is pictured during a reading in 2019

In the works: Ta-Nehisi Coates will author the screenplay for a new Superman movie with J.J Abrams set to produce; the writer is pictured during a reading in 2019

The 45-year-old gave a statement to Shadow & Act to express his enthusiasm regarding his attachment to the upcoming film. 

‘To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero,’ he said.

Abrams also provided a statement to the media outlet where he noted that he was looking forward to collaborating with the journalist and writer. 

‘There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told,’ the 54-year-old said.

Looking forward to it: The 54-year-old producer gave a statement to Shadow & Act and remarked that the new Superman movie would be 'new, powerful and moving'; he is seen in 2020

Looking forward to it: The 54-year-old producer gave a statement to Shadow & Act and remarked that the new Superman movie would be ‘new, powerful and moving’; he is seen in 2020

Continuing the legacy: Coates stated that he would be 'meaningfully adding to the legacy' of Superman with the upcoming film; Henry Cavill is seen portraying the iconic character in the 2013 movie Man Of Steel

Continuing the legacy: Coates stated that he would be ‘meaningfully adding to the legacy’ of Superman with the upcoming film; Henry Cavill is seen portraying the iconic character in the 2013 movie Man Of Steel

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,’ the Super 8 director added. 

The last time that Superman was seen on screen was in the 2017 film Justice League, where the character was portrayed by Henry Cavill.

Coates is the acclaimed author of numerous bestsellers including Between The World And Me, The Beautiful Struggle and We Were Eight Years In Power.

‘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. 

Serious author: Coates has written numerous bestsellers over the length of his career, including Between The World And Me and We Were Eight Years In Power; he is pictured in 2019

Serious author: Coates has written numerous bestsellers over the length of his career, including Between The World And Me and We Were Eight Years In Power; he is pictured in 2019

He added, ‘We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.’

The new Superman project is not the author’s first foray into the superhero realm. Coates also wrote the Marvel comic book series for Captain America and Black Panther, with his run writing the latter saga ending in April.

News of Coates’ attachment to the superhero project comes amid a number of recent Hollywood projects and adaptations of the author’s work. 

Between The World And Me was adapted into an HBO film which debuted last November, while The Water Dancer is getting a big-screen adaptation from a producing team that includes Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt.

Moving forward: The last time that Superman was featured in a film was in 2017's Justice League; Henry Cavill is seen portraying the character alongside Ben Affleck in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Moving forward: The last time that Superman was featured in a film was in 2017’s Justice League; Henry Cavill is seen portraying the character alongside Ben Affleck in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice



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