‘Lego Movie’ producer Dan Lin won’t be taking on DC’s film and TV lead role at Warner Bros.

Producer Dan Lin attends the premiere of Warner Bros.’ ‘The LEGO Batman Film’. Photos on the Regency Village Theater on February 4, 2017 in Westwood, California.

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Movie producer Dan Lin, who was in talks to turn into head of the DC Comics movie and tv unit at Warner Bros. Discovery will not take the job, in any case, in accordance with folks acquainted with the matter.

The 2 sides ended negotiations with out reaching an settlement.

The information comes at a tumultuous time for the brand new Warner Bros. Discovery. CEO David Zaslav tried to remake WarnerMedia after it merged with Discovery in April, together with layoffs and eliminations of content material from the HBO Max streaming service. Shares are down about 50% for the reason that merger closed.

After discussing a possible provide from Warner Bros., Lin determined to remain at Rideback, the movie and TV firm he based and runs, stated the folks, who requested to not be named as a result of discussions have been personal. He produced movies akin to “The Lego Film” and the two-part big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.”

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Discovery declined to remark. Lin couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

The 49-year-old movie producer was a favourite to tackle the function, with hopes that Lin would report on to Zaslav and bypass HBO and HBO Max division chiefs Warner Bros. TV and Warner Bros. Photos. Contract talks bumped into issues because of Lin’s possession of Rideback and the way in which Warner Bros. Discovery would compensate him for this, two of the folks stated.

The 2 sides exchanged time period sheets and Lin needed Rideback to stay operational with a stake held by WBD, one of many folks stated. Each side determined to maneuver on after negotiations stalled, one of many folks stated.

Zaslav was searching for somebody to stabilize the ship at DC’s movie division, dwelling to superheroes akin to Marvel Girl and Superman, whereas Warner Bros. Discovery goals to seize the form of constant success loved by Disney’s Marvel Studios.

Warner Bros. not too long ago moved its ‘Aquaman’ sequel, which was due for launch in March 2023, to December 2023. ‘The Flash’, additionally slated for launch subsequent 12 months, is dealing with controversy because of its star, Ezra Miller faces a number of allegations, together with little one grooming. Zaslav eliminated the almost full “Batgirl” from its HBO Max launch slate, permitting the corporate to take a tax deduction.

In April, it was reported that Zaslav had approached Emma Watts, a former senior movie govt at twentieth Century Studios and Paramount, to take over, however that Watts didn’t settle for the job. Warner Bros. Discovery is speaking to a number of different candidates for the job, one of many folks stated. Zaslav personally met Lin in his try and persuade him to take the job, one other particular person stated.

Zaslav not too long ago mentioned his need to construct a “a lot stronger, sustainable, long-term sustainable development enterprise out of DC” that’s targeted on high quality. The exec is contemplating a DC Cinematic Universe reset that may set in place a 10-year plan for the franchise.

Zaslav tapped Hollywood producer Alan Horn in July to play a consulting function to assist the CEO navigate the movie trade. Horn, a revered Disney govt and veteran, was with the Walt Disney Firm when it started shaping its Marvel Cinematic Universe and reviving the Star Wars movie franchise.

He additionally helped deliver the “Hobbit” movies to the massive display in addition to the eight-film Harry Potter franchise and Christopher Nolan’s Darkish Knight trilogy.

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