Green Lantern Series From Damon Lindelof, Tom King and Chris Mundy Gets HBO Series Order

Lanterns is officially ready to shine.

HBO, in association with Warner Bros. Television and DC Studios, has given an eight-episode, straight-to-series order to the live-action Green Lantern series written by Damon Lindelof and Eisner Award winner Tom King.

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Chris Mundy (True Detective: Night Country, Ozark) will serve as showrunner and executive-produce with Lindelof and King.

Lanterns follows new recruit John Stewart and Lantern legend Hal Jordan, two intergalactic cops drawn into a dark, Earth-based mystery as they investigate a murder in the American heartland.

As part of a new re-branding initiative announced on Tuesday, Lanterns (among other forthcoming shows that are earmarked for Max) is now labeled an “HBO Original,” and as such is guaranteed to air on HBO proper (as well as stream on Max).

“We’re thrilled to bring this seminal DC title to HBO with Chris, Damon and Tom at the helm,” James Gunn and Peter Safran, Co-CEOs of DC Studios, said in a statement. “John Stewart and Hal Jordan are two of DC’s most compelling characters, and Lanterns brings them to life in an original detective story that is a foundational part of the unified DCU we’re launching next summer with [the feature film] Superman.”

Chapter 1 of that “unified DCU” — dubbed “Gods and Monsters” — officially launches with the animated series Creature Commandos, hitting Max in late 2024. On the film side, things will kick off with Superman, starring David Corenswet (The Politician) and landing in theaters July 11, 2025.

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Lanterns was first announced in January 2023, when Gunn and Safran unveiled their initial plans for 10 films and TV shows coming to the rebooted DC Universe. At the time, Safran described the project as “a huge, HBO-quality event” that is “very much in the vein of True Detective.”

This Lindelof/King/Mundy series, however, is not to be confused with the Green Lantern project that was previously in the works years ago at Max. That attempt, shepherded by Greg Berlanti and Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow co-creator Marc Guggenheim, would have starred Treadstone‘s Jeremy Irvine as the very first Green Lantern, Alan Scott, and American Horror Story‘s Finn Wittrock as cocky alpha male Guy Gardner. The project was scrapped before Gunn and Safran took over as DC bosses.

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