The sense around town is that he has a pole position feel to him, and like Marvel boss Kevin Feige, brings the best of both worlds: Lin is a franchise producer of such movies as It, Sherlock Holmesthe lego franchise, and big branded titles like Aladdin. And even better, he’s a former Warner Bros studio executive. He’s the kind of guy that Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav would save, Lin being a Harvard Business School MBA grad. Another plus: Former Warner Bros. Motion Picture Boss Alan Horn-turned-current Zaslav consigliere was a mentor to Lin.
As has occurred with this search, other names are being discussed, but Deadline is hearing that Lin’s interested in the position. He has a production company in Rideback, and a deal with the producer would entail a possible buyout of that by Warners. Todd Phillips’ name was bandied about, as Zaslav loves him. But the filmmaker’s focus is strictly on prepping his next directing gig, DC’s Joker: Folie à Deux, the sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated Oscar-winning film of all time, which made $1.07 billion.
Lin cut his teeth at Warner Bros under former Worldwide Production President Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Lin rose to being SVP Production at the company, and left the studio in 2007 to launch his own production company. He’s had a ton of notable pics and tentpoles under his belt at Warners during his eight-year run, including Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture Oscar winner The Departed, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, TMNT, and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
One source tells us no formal offers have been made to Lin. We’ll see how this all plays out.
We’ll update you when we hear something official from Warner Bros and Lin.