‘Green Lantern’ Director on Special FX & New Set Location

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martincampbell Green Lantern Director on Special FX & New Set Location

Last time we checked in on the progress of The Green Lantern the shoot had pulled out from down under in Sydney, Australia (thanks to inflating costs of production) and was looking for a new locale in which to conduct its principal shoot, which WAS set to begin in January.

Now, thanks to The Geek Files, we have updates from director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), letting us know where the Green Lantern shoot has moved to and what kind of challenges they’re facing in bringing the intergalactic adventures of the emerald warrior to the big screen.

First up, you should know that previously rumored shooting locations like Mexico and Canada have been revealed as just that – rumor. Green Lantern has in fact come on home to the U.S. of A. and tapped the city of New Orleans as the location for its principal shoot, which is now set to being in April, 2010.

That’s not just good news for those who have been wishing for Hollywood to stop outsourcing the movie making process, it’s also good news for residents of New Orleans, as the Green Lantern was reportedly set to create approx 500 jobs for crew members and workers in Sydney. Though it’s not certain, I’m betting a similar number of workers will still be needed for the New Orleans shoot…

Next, Campbell discusses the challenges of making a superhero movie that not only takes place here on planet Earth, but also contains a huge intergalactic component, complete with various alien races, worlds – and oh yeah, all those f/x needed to bring conjurings of the Lanterns’ emerald power rings to life onscreen:

“It’s daunting. Just the process, something like 1,300 visual effects shots, it’s mind-blowing, quite honestly…[The ring is] energised by a battery on the planet of Oa, which taps into the willpower of everyone in the universe…From that ring you can form constructs. So if you got into a fight, you could form a giant fist. Or a fighter plane.”

“He’s the only superhero to my knowledge who regularly goes to another planet. Superman and Batman were essentially locked into a particular city. The Lantern isn’t so Earthbound.”

green lanternring Green Lantern Director on Special FX & New Set Location

Having a superhero who isn’t “Earthbound” makes for an expensive motion picture – probably why Warner Bros. is throwing $200 million at the project to make sure Green Lantern gets done right. No doubt DCE/WB is hoping to do for their second-tier hero what Marvel was able to do for Iron Man, i.e., turn GL into a household name and a smash-hit movie franchise property.

Snagging popular leading man Ryan Reynolds to play Green Lantern was a good first move, though the open casting call for movie’s many yet-to-be-filled supporting roles still has fans like yours truly waiting on the opinion fence to see if the necessary players will be put in place to give this film a shot at greatness. Remember, Iron Man came out of the gate boasting a killer cast, instilling a sense of cofindence in the project before the first frame was ever viewed by the masses…

Are you happy that Green Lantern is shooting in New Orleans? And what do you think about the massive f/x demands the movie is facing? Can Martin Campbell pull it off – will Green Lantern become the next Iron Man?

The Green Lantern starts shooting in April, 2010 (as stated), and is still slated for a June 17, 2011 release.

Source: Empire Online

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  1. I’m optimistic about green lantern even though I think the transition to live action is extremely difficult with this type of universe.

  2. If green lantern was coming out sooner then maybe we would know if Martin Campbell is suited to handle The Avengers.

  3. man this movie is gonna be epic i just hope they get awsome cgi like from avatar and make the movie more serious than childlike aka ghost rider which in my opinion could have been the best comicbook movie ever if done right aka chris nolan.

  4. With all this this talk of its budget,
    I will just be relieved when Gl starts shooting.

  5. Years ago, after seeing Goldeneye, I really wanted Martin Campbell to direct Iron Man. And since many fans say Green Lantern is, in some ways, similar to Tony Stark and Iron Man, I think this is great news.

    And shooting in the USA is always welcome!


  6. I dont care WHERE they film it , just film it already !!!!

    I really really really want to see this one.
    GL is awesome and Reynolds is a great choice for the part .

  7. Ok before everyone says anything, im NOT a fan of DC, although Green Lantern, and Batman are my two exceptions.

    Now, the only thing that causes an alarming disappointment towards me is the fact that the rings power can pretty much do anything. It can morph into swords and shoot green energy with it. All I’m saying is that i really don’t see the morphing change really working in the live-action adaption. But then again Ryan Reynolds is in it, so that makes up for it.

  8. Great news!! Give the character the treatment it deserves..a movie about a super-powered intergalactic police force!! Can’t wait to see how it translates..I think Campbell can easily handle this…I’d love to see the Yellow, Red, Blue and Black Lanterns all get screen time eventually in a franchise..

  9. I hoping this is going to rock like Spider-Man did when it hit land!

    Great news for New Orleans!!!

  10. Well so far all the effects houses they’ve used are very experienced and the art we’ve seen thus far has looked good. Does anyone think that they will rebalance the story to differentiate it from the animated movie?

  11. The only reason Hollywood out sources movie productions is because of the strength of the US Dollar. It’s simple economics.

    The weaker a foreign currency is doing against the US Dollar for example in countries like Canada or Australia the cheaper it is to produce a film there than on home soil.

    And don’t forget that in Australia Warner Bros have a studio on The Gold Coast, Queensland & Fox have a studio in Sydney, New South Wales.

  12. Great Idea to film The Base of Operations of Coast City, California where Hal Jordan is living at is located at Madisonville, Louisiana. I would say “Coast City, Louisiana” isnt that a strange city.

  13. Great Idea to film The Base of Operations of Coast City, California where Hal Jordan is living at is located at Madisonville, Louisiana. I would say “Coast City, Louisiana” isnt that a strange city.