We have some news that Gullermo del Toro’s script for the tentatively planned Justice League Dark adaptation has been handed over to Warner Bros for weekend reads. This news comes straight from the horse’s mouth which is refreshing, but it seems slightly unfortunate that execs at Warner are going to have a read-through of del Toro’s script coming off the back of the announcement that NBC plans to halt DC’s Constantine at 13 episodes until they get the rest of the ratings through. However, it’s not looking too good for the demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine, who is one of the main characters in Justice League Dark.
Forbes resident DC guru Mark Hughes had this to say about del Toro’s hand in: “Well, thing just took a big leap forward. Today, the completed screenplay for Dark Universe officially went to weekend reads at Warner Bros. The studio’s reactions to the script will be coming back in a few days, and the film could take another step toward production if Warner has a favorable opinion of what they see on the page. The director confirmed the script’s completion and status while I chatted with him about his FX horror series The Strain (watch for that article coming in a few days, dear readers!).
Between the launch of NBC’s Constantine and the fact that Dark Universe didn’t make it onto the DC Entertainment schedule released a while back, there had been some speculation that the project was effectively dead. Constantine’s Matt Ryan, meanwhile, had said he hoped to take the role to the screen, while del Toro had previously said he didn’t particularly want to be part of a massive cinematic universe, presumably for logistical reasons.”
By the sounds of things, it seems del Toro may have other casting ideas as opposed to tying his movie in with the DC Universe. Maybe he wants to take a completely fresh approach with the movie, which is usually how del Toro rolls with his projects. Also, as mentioned above, the 13 Episode halt over at NBC may be a contributing factor when Warner Bros. take all into consideration as it wasn’t on the DC Entertainment Schedule. However, if we remain optimistic, no doubt del Toro has handed in a decent script which might push things to the next stage of production. Here’s hoping! We will keep you posted.