Producer Dan Lin Talks ACME and SUICIDE SQUAD Movie; Says Live-Action ACME Centers on a Steve Jobs-type Inventor

     December 20, 2012

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Over the past few days, we’ve been sharing bits and pieces of interest from Steve’s recent interview with producer Dan Lin in anticipation of the upcoming crime drama Gangster Squad.  He gave updates on Sherlock Holmes 3, talked about the upcoming Lego: Piece of Resistance movie, and provided a brief update on Godzilla.  Today we’ve got another interesting bit from the interview to share, this time focusing on Warner Bros.’ ACME film and the status of an adaptation of the Suicide Squad comics.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

dan-lin-suicide-squadAn adaptation of the DC comic Suicide Squad has been in the works at Warner Bros. for a few years now, but it appears that the studio’s focus at the moment is on getting Superman and Justice League right:

“[Suicide Squad] has a script from Justin Marks, but that is on a hold right now.  I think Warner Brothers wants to finish their A-list stories first and then we’ll talk about stories like Suicide Squad.”

Warner Bros. is also developing a film based on the ACME company with Lin onboard as a producer, and he provided some details on what the live-action film entails:

Tom and Jerry is on hold right now, but ACME is moving forward.  We’re really excited about it; we’re hearing different takes on it from writers.  It is a live action movie not an animated movie and we’re really using the inspiration of Wile E. Coyote and ACME, a company that makes everything, as the inspiration for big, live-action family adventure movie.”

Lin went on to add, though, that the ACME film won’t have anything to do with Looney Tunes:

“We’re not going to use Looney Tunes in the ACME movie, it’s a live action movie.  What were so excited about is the lead character is sort of a Steve Jobs kind of character and because it’s ACME you can create some incredibly funny, wacky inventions that you can’t do on any other movie.  So naturally it’s just a super imaginative movie.”

suicide-squadThe project is currently looking for the right writer, and Lin stressed that they want to find the right take to distinguish the film from other movies in the family adventure genre.

Read the full transcript of what Lin had to say about ACME and Suicide Squad below, and look for Steve’s full interview with the producer soon.

Does that have a script?  Are you guys trying to develop that?

Lin: [Suicide Squad] has a script from Justin Marks, but that is on a hold right now.  I think Warner Brothers wants to finish their A-list stories first and then we’ll talk about stories like Suicide Squad

You are listed on Tom and Jerry and the untitled ACME warehouse movie are those moving forward?

LinTom and Jerry is on hold right now, but ACME is moving forward.  We’re really excited about it; we’re hearing different takes on it from writers.  It is a live action movie not an animated movie and we’re really using the inspiration of Wile E.  Coyote and ACME, a company that makes everything, as the inspiration for big, live-action family adventure movie. 

ACME-live-action-movieI was going to say that seems like a no-brainer, Warner Brothers has the Looney Toons or am I wrong about this?

Lin: We’re not going to use Looney Tunes in the ACME movie, it’s a live action movie.  What were so excited about is the lead character is a Steve Jobs meets Dean Cameron kind of character and because it’s ACME you can create some incredibly funny, wacky inventions that you can’t do on any other movie.  So naturally it’s just a super imaginative movie. 

Again that seems like a no-brainer when Warner Brothers has the IP, it’s like what is the hold-up on developing this one?

LinJust finding the right writer for it.  To Warner Brothers credit, as soon as they brought it to them they bought it in the room.  So you’re right Steve, it is a no-brainer, but it’s how do you put it in the right way?  Obviously we have the underlying property, but what’s the right take to distinguish the movie from other movies in that genre.

Look for more with Dan Lin soon.

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