Warner Bros is lining up a war chest of three Lego-themed films in the next four years, a trio of titles based on JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and “at least” 10 DC adaptations from 2016-20.
Warner Bros chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara outlined the aggressive global content strategy at the Time Warner investors meeting on October 15.
The plan will see the release of Ninjago in 2016, The Lego Batman Movie in 2017 and The Lego Movie 2 in 2018. The Lego Movie grossed $468m worldwide this year.
Turning to the Rowling adaptations, Warner Bros will release films based on her original story and screenwriting debut in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them features magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, will direct Fantastic Beasts and reunite with David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
The unprecedented step-up at DC Entertainment will see a slate of at least 10 films as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman releases from 2016 through 2020.
The schedule thus far is as follows:
- Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice directed by Zack Snyder (2016);
- Suicide Squad directed by David Ayer (2016);
- Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot (2017);
- Justice League Part One directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017);
- The Flash starring Ezra Miller (2018);
- Aquaman starring Jason Momoa (2018);
- Shazam (2019);
- Justice League Part Two directed by Zack Snyder (2019);
- Cyborg starring Ray Fisher (2020);
- Green Lantern (2020).
“The demand for high quality video content is growing fast – in the United States and around the world – as new technologies have created new platforms and millions of new connected consumers,” said Tsujihara. “The opportunity is huge. And no studio is better positioned to take advantage of it than Warner Bros.”