Director Doug Limon has dropped out of Warner Brothers’ long in development Dark Universe, an adaption of the DC Comics Justice League Dark comic book series.
Variety broke the story.
Insiders say the reason is schedule-related, as Liman is also attached to direct Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking,” which recently received a greenlight. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other directors and should have a replacement for Liman lined up shortly.
The film is just one of a number of comic book-based projects that the studio has been developing for its DC Comics Expanded Universe slate of films. This one would feature a team-up of a number of the publisher’s supernatural-based heroes including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon.
Currently, Michael Gilio is working on the screenplay for the film, though it is possible that it may undergo revisions once a new director is found.
Also, look for a name change for the project at some point, as earlier this week Universal appropriated the Dark Universe name for their classic monsters cinematic universe which launches next month with The Mummy.