McCormick previously served as an executive vice president in the film group, a job he exited seven years ago for an overall production deal on the lot. Discussions over the position — which reports to Emmerich — have reached a contract stage, both insiders said.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the matter. Representatives for McCormick did not respond to numerous requests for comment.
Emmerich has also spoken to several to candidates at other studios and production companies, another individual familiar with his search said.
McCormick served as President of Production in the film group from 2008-2010, before mounting his Langley Park label. McCormick had an “awkward” relationship with then-studio president Jeff Robinov, a report said at the time. Both executives expressed their admiration for each other in statements announcing McCormick’s departure, however.
Under his banner, McCormick produced Russell Brand’s rebooted “Arthur,” Zac Efron’s “The Lucky One” and the period ensemble “Gangster Squad.”
Before his promotion to president, McCormick served as an EVP supervising films like “Blood Diamond” and “No Reservations,” as well as Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd” and David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” both of which Warner Bros. Pictures co-produced with DreamWorks.
McCormick spent time as an EVP at Fox 2000 from 1995 to 1999. He began his career at the Robert Stigwood Organization in London, working on films like “Tommy,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever,” the last of which he executive produced.
Following RSO, he formed a partnership with Sally Field to develop film projects and later had a production deal at Paramount Pictures.
Matt Donnelly contributed reporting to this story.