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With the less-than-favorable box office showing and reviews for Warner Bros’ Justice League, there was bound to be a shake-up for its DC Films initiative. Today, it was announced that Walter Hamada, the New Line exec. that overesaw It and The Conjuring movies has been promoted to oversee DC Films.
Hamada will serve as President of Production following the studio’s decision to replace Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, the latter who will remain involved as an advisor.
Hamada has already worked closely with Aquaman director James Wan on The Conjuring movies and spin-offs as an exec. producer, as well as the Wan-produced horror hit Lights Out. Hamada’s biggest success story was last fall’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It, which grossed nearly $700 million worldwide after an astonishing $123 million opening in North America.
Clearly, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment want all of their releases to achieve the critical and commercial success of last year’s Wonder Woman. So far, it’s their only post-Nolan release that has achieved a similar popularity among fans and critics as Marvel Studios’ movies.
Hamada will leave his position as production exec. at New Line to take on the new role, joining with Warners’ current president of production Courtenay Valenti and DC Entertainment chief Diane Nelson to improve the quality of movies based on DC Comics properties.
Before joining New Line, Hamada was a producer and manager at H2F Entertainment, following time as an assistant at TriStar and as VP of production at Columbia Pictures.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor