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The move is described by insiders as a sign of confidence in Kroll’s abilities by Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara. Kroll’s future has been a subject of speculation in recent months, as Warner Bros. suffered a series of box office misfires such as “Pan,” “Jupiter Ascending” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Last spring’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” grossed $872.2 million globally, but some analysts were disappointed it failed to hit $1 billion.
Going forward, the studio has high hopes for “Suicide Squad,” a comic-book adaptation with Will Smith, and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a Harry Potter spinoff. However, “The Legend of Tarzan,” a new version of the Ape-Man saga, is facing fierce commercial headwinds. It opens in July.
Kroll has been with the company for 22 years. »
- Brent Lang
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. During Dan Fellman’s retirement party at the Four Seasons on Nov. 11, Clint Eastwood announced to the VIP crowd — among them Adam Sandler, Brett Ratner, Sylvester Stallone, Todd Phillips and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara — that though the studio’s longtime president of domestic distribution was stepping down, he’s “going to release my next picture, whenever that is.” Eastwood wasn't kidding. That film looks to be Eastwood's Miracle on the Hudson drama Sully,
- Chris Gardner, Pamela McClintock
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