Warner Bros. Discovery is still in its earliest days, but it seems that the new leaders are wasting no time and going through the books.
In a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, the $250 million deal struck with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is coming under some scrutiny from Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav. Demimonde, which has been in the works since 2018, is getting some pushback at the moment as Bad Robot is looking for at least $200 million to produce the 10 episodes. By comparison, the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, is budgeted at under $200 million.
Another reported issue is that sources reported that there is growing frustration at the studio over the lack of DC content. Abrams has laid claim to multiple DC characters, but has yet to move forward in a meaningful way with any of the projects. Sources did note that scripts have been turned in both for Constantine and Madame Xanadu. Recent reports indicated that talks were ongoing with Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù for the role of Constantine, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Zaslav has made it clear he plans on cutting expenses for Warner Bros. Discovery and getting spending under control. It seems that no deal is off limits at the moment to his examination.
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