Exclusive: Matthew Vaughn Wanted For Justice League Movie; Rian Johnson, Sam Mendes & Gary Ross As Well
Yesterday saw the news surface that J.J. Abrams had been named to director Star Wars.
Then it came out that Matthew Vaughn was in the running and even pitched Chloe Moretz as the lead.
Our DC Entertainment source has provided us with some information that Vaughn previously turned down the Justice League movie when offered last year to focus on Star Wars.
But now that Disney has gone with their #1 choice, Warner Bros. and Thomas Tull of Legendary Entertainment are definitely interested in Matthew Vaughn.
Our DC Entertainment source also provided us with three other names that they are interested in: Sam Mendes (Skyfall), Rian Johnson (Looper), and Gary Ross (The Hunger Games).
We are also told Peter Jackson was a contender, but when The Hobbit was turned into three films that put an end to Jackson directing the Justice League movie.
We are also told Christopher Nolan and his Syncopy Films WILL NOT be producing Justice League.
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder (Cruel & Unusual Films) MIGHT be credited as Exec. Producers; our source speculates that Snyder will be consulting the project in some capacity.
We're also told Legendary Pictures will be co-financing the Justice League film's budget of around $250 million.
Will Beall has written the script for the Justice League movie which has a 2015 release date.