After 15 years in Warner Bros. and four as chief DC . MoviesAnd the Walter Hamadeh He has finally left Burbank, California. Sources tell Deadline that the exec is waiting for Warner Bros. Discovery’s top officials to finalize the exit payout.
Hamada has been running the capital since 2018, and was re-lifted in January 2021 with a contract he was supposed to take Until 2023.
It all happens as a DC movie for New Line black Adam — which is considered a Hamada EP — continues to open to an expected $135 million at the global box office this weekend despite some harsh reviews. The writing has been hanging on the wall by Hamada Al Asimah’s director for some time, and sources said he packed his office and wasn’t part of the recent creative meetings.
Hamada will be the fifth Warner Bros. Motion Picture Studios CEO to leave since then David Zaslav He took the helm of the newly merged Warner Bros. Discovery, following Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group President Toby Emmerich, Chief Production and Development Officer Courtenay Valenti, Caroline Blackwood, Group COO of Motion Pictures, and EVP Animation Group EVP Alison Abbott.
We heard Hamada knew his days were numbered and that this would be the outcome even before he met Zaslav, who was transparent about his desire to bring in a CEO like Marvel boss Kevin Feige to run D.C. across all mediums. Zaslav recently summoned the former Warner Development Director and lego movie Producer Dan Lane for the position, and former Fox boss Emma Watts has long been looming as a potential president.
Hamada is not a fig. It is said that a low-level CEO is not a gifted, talented researcher, for example. But this does not mean that his efforts since he moved from New Line are excluded. Among his accomplishments is creating a cross between DC movies and streaming service HBO Max. This resulted in a series of sub-shows by James Gunn suicide squad – peace maker (one of the most watched OTT service series) and the Viola Davis Amanda Waller series – as well as Matt Reeves’ Colin Farrell Penguin series that is carried by the director Batman.
Hamada sponsored that Robert Pattinson movie while filming Covid, and the reboot grossed $771 million worldwide. That was Reeves and Pattinson’s first strong run, It also became a highly viewed movie on HBO Max after 45 days of theatrical release. The sequel is in the works. Hamada was also an EP and had two of DC’s highest-grossing films, James Wan Aquaman ($1.1 billion) Todd Phillips jokerwhich won two Oscars and became the highest-grossing film of all time in the R category with $1.07 billion.
Despite this, Zaslav had made up his mind and said a lot in the earnings calls. He wants his own Feige, and who wouldn’t? Feige is among the most successful companies building the multi-billion dollar movie franchises that Hollywood has seen in decades. Unless you clone it, there is no one else like it. Many feel that Zaslav already has the closest thing to Michael De Luca, who oversees Pam Abdi with co-chairman of Warner Bros Motion Pictures on DC until Zaslav makes a permanent appointment. Genre De Luca rGently create a new Constantine Movie With Keanu Reeves and director Francis Lawrence, for example. But Zaslav wants something else, and De Luca and Abdi are too busy fixing WB.
Hamada was offered, but he refused a productive deal. Was ready to slip then Kill WBD bat girl In post production As part of a centerpiece of the former regime’s plan to produce budget films for HBO Max. Zaslav instead focuses on the big theatrical twists that find their way into the streaming device after initial theatrical performances. distance bat girl Disaster, convince De Luca and Abdi Hamada to stay and stay black Adamwhich opens on Friday.
Hamada should have no difficulty in moving to another position as producer or executive. Coupled with the consistency of DC’s dysfunctional ship when he came back in 2018, he had run pretty well before that at New Line. There, he presided over a series of successful businesses that included Conjuring, Friday the 13th, Final Destinationresuscitate A Nightmare on Elm Street, And the first installment of Stephen King He. She Which grossed over $700 million on a $35 million budget.
behind black Adam2023 DC list has Shazam: Wrath of the Gods on March 17 Sparkle On June 23 blue ladybug On August 18 and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom On the birthday of Christ. There is also a Phillips sequel Joker: Folie à Deux With Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga, he’s due to start December and October 4, 2024. And a tough guy Dwayne Johnson He challenged Henry Cavill to wear Superman tights and face Black Adam in the crossover movie.
This would keep things warm while Zaslav continues trying to find Feige.