Walter Hamada Movies to Paramount – The Hollywood Reporter

Walter Hamada has found a new studio home.

The former DC Films president has signed an exclusive production deal with Paramount, the studio announced Tuesday. The move comes just weeks after he left his post at Warner Bros., where he oversaw DC for four years.

“With his incredible track record of success, Walter is the ideal partner and visionary to build our mainstream horror genre franchise business,” said Brian Robbins, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. ” as evidenced by the spectacular performance of smile, There is a huge appetite for original, high-concept storytelling in the global marketplace, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.

“I am thrilled to collaborate with Paramount Pictures with the sole goal of creating exceptional films in the horror genre,” said Hamada. “Over the course of my career, there has been nothing more gratifying than discovering emerging, first-time filmmakers and writers and uncovering their brilliance in a studio setting. Thanks to Brian and the entire team at Paramount Pictures for this amazing opportunity, I can’t wait to get started.”

Hamada joined DC in 2018, a tumultuous time for the brand, which has looked for a path forward in the background. Justice League And the departure of filmmaker Zack Snyder, the architect of the DCEU. During his tenure, Hamada presided over Oscar-winning, $1 billion-grossing films. Joker (2019), suicide squad (2021) and Batman (2022) Those three films illustrated Hamada’s strategy of bucking the Marvel Studios trend of shared universes, as all three took place in separate continuities.

The departure of the Warners executive comes as Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav overhauls Warner Bros. and vows to reshape DC with a ten-year plan to compete with rival Marvel Studios. Zaslav recently named James Gunn and Peter Safran as the new heads of DC. Hamada worked with both DC properties and brought Gunn in to direct suicide squad After he was temporarily fired as director of Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Hamada arrived at DC Films from Warner’s New Line, where he rose through the ranks. Conjuring Franchise

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