Green Lantern 2 Will Not Be Directed By Martin Campbell

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Green Lantern 2 Director Green Lantern 2 Will Not Be Directed By Martin Campbell

One of the biggest films of the year and certainly the most special effects heavy, Green Lantern, hits theaters a month today. Even though the film hasn’t been seen by the public, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment already commissioned writers to prep a script for Green Lantern 2 nearly a year ago.

Green Lantern is just the beginning to Warner Bros.’ biggest tentpole franchise post-Harry Potter, and they’re absolutely banking on Ryan Reynolds returning for sequels. If you’re excited for Hal Jordan’s debut this summer and end up loving it, you may disappointed that director Martin Campbell may not be back for Green Lantern 2.

In an interview found in the July issue of Total Film, Campbell explains the bigger picture goals of the movie as the foundation of the franchise, indicating that he’s done his part for others to take the helm from here on in.

“This film has become the instruction manual if they do any further ones. It’s what we call pipe laying.”

The pile of Green Lantern set visit reports that debuted yesterday emphasized the toll on Martin Campbell the film took. With a 100-day shoot and him waking up in the early AM every day, only to work extremely long hours in order to have this complex film ready to go for its precious summer release date, it’s certainly something one does not look forward to jumping into again.

Even looking at Campbell’s track record, he made The Mask of Zorro in 1998 and it took seven years for him to direct the sequel. The same thing happened with the James Bond franchise when he directed Pierce Brosnan in 1995′s Goldeneye, returning with Daniel Craig as 007 in 2006′s Casino Royale.

Needless to say, Warner Bros. will push for the sequel quickly so don’t expect Campbell for Green Lantern 2 but maybe he’ll be back for Green Lantern 3. Let’s wait to see how well this does at the box office first as the hard part is over and the sequel won’t be as much of a challenge with the designs, concepts and process already done. Check out the latest theatrical Green Lantern trailer to see it come to fruition.

Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Geoffrey Rush, Tim Robbins, Michael Clarke Duncan and Angela Bassett. The film’s tie-in video game, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, releases June 7th.

Green Lantern hits 2D and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.


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Source: Total Film (via CBM)

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  1. Not saying Campbell is a bad director and obviously i have no idea how GL will turn out but this isnt horrible news. Theres other directors id had rather seen direct the movie and maybe a different director for each film wouldnt be a bad thing, it didnt kill HP.

    Neill Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuaron, Matthew Vaughn immediately come to mind at the top of my list.

  2. Let’s wait and see how GL turns out before we start looking at sequels. I’m still not sold on the CGI, and really wish they would have gone with a real suit, and overlaid some CGI on top of it, to tune it up. I guess only time will tell after the movie launches.

  3. I too am not very disappointed by this news. Campbell is no slouch, but he can be replaced. I agree with Googles on the suggestion of Matthew Vaughn. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Bryan Singer behind the camera. The point is, there are plenty of options out there.

  4. Heh heh… “pipe laying”…

  5. This movie is going to KILL at the box office. No question. Even if it’s a heap of steaming crap, it’s still going to make at LEAST 300 million within 2 weeks of opening. I stake my LIFE on it.

  6. lol @ danny.

  7. This isn’t bad news at all.

    If the director or studio wants different takes on the same character in a franchise, do it now rather than later and risk a falling out like what happened with Jon Favreau and Marvel. It worked with Harry Potter. Just make sure they get a new director that respects the material at least as much as the first one did.

    Granted, it’s a good idea to give the first movie’s director a chance to do the second movie too just so they can show what they’ve learned (as Sam Raimi, Bryan Singer, and Christopher Nolan all did) but I don’t mind this news as I’m not entirely convinced that Campbell is going to make Green Lantern a commercial success just yet.

  8. I might be the only one that is a little worried about this I guess because when I think of director changes I always think of how it went from Tim Burton to those god awful Joel Schumacher Batman movies

  9. It’s generally not a good sign when the director bails on a franchise before the first film hits theaters. Even Michael Bay came back for more after critics and fans tore him a new one for Transformers 2.

  10. This movie must really be bad if they’re already throwing around the S word….”sequel”.
    The trailer looks bad, the people involved are comparing it to Star Wars in interviews, and they’re talking sequels before anyone has seen the movie!!!???!!! CRAP ALERT!!!
    I seriously doubt they’ll make a sequel to this Who Framed Roger Rabbit/The Mask/The Last Starfighter looking mashup.

    • Oh look, a fallacy argument.

    • You do know that studios get prepped for sequels with almost every movie these days, right? There’s already talk of a Captain America sequel, XFC sequels, and several other movies. It doesn’t mean it will suck, just the studio wants to get started on their latest cash cow ASAP.

    • BTW, I seroiusly doubt a studio would want to talk about a sequel to a film they think looks bad. You must not know much about business.

  11. Lots of other possibilities as far as directors go, JJ Abrams, Peter jackson, the wachowski brothers heck maybe if James Cameron (wishful thinking ;) )

    • meant even not if :/

  12. Best news I’ve heard for the Green Lantern franchise. This director is a hit and miss. And judging from the tv spots and trailers, it’s a big EPIC MISS.

  13. part 2…. HAHAHAHAHAHA No.. Not interested. I’ve seen enough of Ryan Reynolds for one lifetime.

  14. This movie makes close to 400M domestic and 500M overseas easily

  15. IF most of the movie is set on Earth, this movie will bomb. IF most of the movie is set in space, this will be the biggest movie of the year. Earth stuff looks terrible to me, but space stuff looks fantastic. Word of mouth will determine its fate. Are the trailers fooling people into thinking this is a space opera, when it’s really not? People hate feeling like they’ve been duped. Even a decent movie will get a backlash if people feel the marketing lied to them.

  16. The only news that could be better is if they announced too that Imageworks won’t be doing the CGI for GL2.