Martin Campbell, the man who helped 007 get his swagger back, is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the upcoming live-action Green Lantern flick.
With movies like Casino Royale, Goldeneye, and the two Zorro films under his belt, Martin Campbell has proven that he can take established heroes and turn them into box office hits. But will he be able to do the same for Green Lantern?
If he accepts the job, Campbell will certainly have a lot on his plate. The Green Lantern script, which was written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green, dives right into the origin story of “Silver Age” Green Lantern (test pilot Hal Jordan), who is chosen by a dying alien to be the bearer of an emerald ring which can manifest anything the wearer wills it to. The script sets a massive scale for the movie, including huge intergalactic battles, a slew of crazy visual effects and some pretty wicked action sequences set right here on good old Earth. Let’s hope Campbell is ready to play in the mega-big leagues.
Will Martin Campbell direct the Green Lantern movie?
This news about Warner Bros. eyeing Campbell to helm Green Lantern does come as a bit of a surprise, since it was rumored for awhile that the film’s co-writer, Greg Berlanti, was likely to direct. But considering the small-scale directorial work Berlanti has done in the past (mostly TV and one rom-com movie), it’s understandable that Warner Bros. would want a director who is more tried and tested on the big-budget scale to handle Green Lantern. This film is going to cost a lot of money to make, let alone market to all those people who aren’t familiar with a second-tier superhero like GL.
Don’t fret though: Greg Berlanti still has plenty to be happy about. He will get a co-producer credit for Green Lantern, and Warner Bros. has already handed Berlanti another film to helm, an adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel, This is Where I Leave You.
So, what’s the verdict? Is Martin Campbell the kind of director you think will do Green Lantern proper? Sound off and let us know!
Green Lantern is still being fast-tracked for a 2010 release.
Source: Latino Review