Swamp Thing in development, talk of Lobo
There's a Swamp Thing film coming our way, although there will be a bit of a wait because it's in the early stages at the moment. However there's a clear vision already being spoken about by none other than Akiva Goldsman, the man who is behind a few other comic book characters coming to our screens such as Lobo, the excellent The Losers and Jonah Hex.
He's also the writer behind A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code (Filmstalker review), I Am Legend (Filmstalker review), Angels & Demons as well as producing his fair share of big name films.
"He's a character that has been described as having one foot on Earth and one foot beyond the grave, that he speaks to the dead . . . at the same time he is very much [like Sergio Leone's] The Man With No Name."
Now I like the fact that he is mentioning the Sergio Leone character, now that feeling will make for a strong and gritty film.
"We've got the character design pretty much done…and the test will get us moving forward to the next step"
He defends the choice of Ritchie for the film saying that despite the style he brings to his films there's always a strong grounding, and he likes that for Lobo, particularly thinking about he special effects.
"We've never seen Guy's sensibility married to a project with such a large special effects budget."
I think perhaps we might see some move towards that direction in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes?
"We want a film with real Southern, dark horror overtones, a little bit like a classic Universal horror film"
Now that sounds cool, slightly departed from the comic book films we've seen to date and going for a feel that references the past days of comic book films. However that could spell trouble too as these films are far from the dark and complex characters we love to get involved with today.
Swamp Thing is a character first created in 1971 who is described in Wikipedia as a:
"…humanoid mass of vegetable matter who fights to protect his swamp home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats."
Could be a very relevant tale for today, and if the creature is used well it could be a like a good version of The Host (Filmstalker review), we create the monster through our descructive nature towards, well nature, and it fights back through Swamp Thing.
Who knows which way it will go, but there's a distinct hint here that they are going back to older style comic book characters with this film rather than the dark characters of today. Is this how you would want to see Swamp Thing?