‘Journey 2′ Director to Write & Direct DC Comics’ ‘Lobo’ Movie

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A big screen vehicle for DC Comics’ (in)famous alien bounty hunter Lobo was close to becoming a reality for the majority of 2009. However, thanks to would-be director Guy Ritchie’s decision to instead move ahead with a Sherlock Holmes sequel - and the under-performance of such DC comic adaptations as The Losers and Jonah Hex – Warner Bros. elected to put the project (essentially) on indefinite hold.

The studio is (at last) extracting its delayed Lobo movie from the depths of development limbo. However, the project now has a very different filmmaker in place to oversee its production.

Deadline is reporting that Journey 2: The Mysterious Island helmer Brad Peyton has been tapped to both rewrite and direct the Lobo movie adaptation. Peyton will presumably be working from the script draft penned by Don Payne (who’s now co-writing Thor 2); similarly, previously-attached producers Akiva Goldsman and Joel Silver remain set to back the comic book flick.

Payne’s Lobo script draft reportedly followed the titular interstellar bounty hunter/thug as he tracked four dangerous alien fugitives to Earth, eventually gaining assistance in the form of a young woman. The project was then supposedly being fashioned as a PG-13 affair – a controversial idea, given the often darkly violent and “adult” nature of the Lobo property – and that probably is still going to be the case, now that Peyton is calling the shots.

To clarify our meaning: the family-friendly Journey 2 and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore are Peyton’s only feature-length directing efforts to date. That’s not to say Peyton cannot break out of his shell and try his hand at making a hard-edged comic book flick – like what potential Captain America 2 directors Anthony and Joseph Russo want to do – but… well, judging solely by Peyton’s resume, that’s not what Warner Bros. expects him to deliver.

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Of course, Peyton has (most likely) just barely begun to shape his vision for the Lobo movie; so, even he probably doesn’t have anywhere near a set plan for how he’ll be bringing the character to life on the big screen. It’s best we all keep that in mind before just assuming that we’re going to get a “softer” – and thus, less compelling – treatment of the “Main Man” – which has happened with other dark comic book characters before (Ghost Rider, looking at you).

Peyton is also attached to direct Journey 3 sometime in the near future, so it may be a while before he starts making some serious progress on the Lobo movie. In the meantime, feel free to share your early thoughts about the project – including, who should headline the flick (self-proclaimed candidate Jeffrey Dean Morgan?) – in the comments section.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. I think that Dwayne the Rock Johnson definitely has the build to play Lobo and i even think he’s a good actor (Game Plan was actually a bit interesting to me) i just haven’t seen him in stuff where he’s anything but the big action star. If they wan’t to make this guy 3 dimensional and interesting i’m not sure Johnson would be the one, maybe it could work because The Rock has worked with the Director before but who knows. Another actor that i would suggest though he may be too short, is Mickey Rourke an actor that i love, awesome in Wrestler and even the Immortals with Cavill, i think he would make a great anti-hero but i think he could give the character a deeper more human side that the audience can relate to. So i would say Mickey Rourke, maybe he wouldn’t do it though because he’s not big enough, doesn’t have that much of a build for the role, is a bit old for it, and may not be that into doing another superhero movie because of Iron Man 2 and all. But still aloud to have faith though right.

    • I just wanna make a comment on you saying that Dwayne Johnson would be good as Lobo. I totally agree. However, think about how much white, grey, and blue body paint it’s gonna take to make him look like Lobo. Lol
      I just wanted to say that.

  2. You might be right that Lobo is a parody but he’s a parody of marvels 3 badass heroes (Wolvy, Punisher & Ghostrider)! Until he built his own character as an intergalactic super badass bountyhunter. What I worried is that they might disgrace the character in the bigscreen with poor story & softy director.
    And by the way for those saying the Rock is a good choice of actor portraying Lobo i strongly disagree. Not only the looks but…ah, everything!

  3. You might be right that Lobo is a parody but he’s a parody of marvels 3 badass heroes (Wolvy, Punisher & Ghostrider)! Until he built his own character as an intergalactic super badass bountyhunter. What I worried is that they might disgrace the character in the bigscreen with poor story & softy director.
    And by the way for those saying the Rock is a good choice of actor portraying Lobo i strongly disagree. Not only the looks but…ah, everything!

  4. Everybody remember Bane from Batman and Robin w/Clooney and Uma? Now compare that to Bane in Dark Knight Rises. Having a PG-13 Lobo would be like the 1st Bane….a mockery of the who/what Lobo is.

  5. Quentin Tarantino would be perfect to direct the Lobo movie

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