While they may not be the best known or most anticipated comic book movie adaptations out there, the upcoming Green Hornet film and potential Lobo movie definitely have their share of fans looking forward to both.
Courtesy of an IESB exclusive, we now know that early word on both these projects is, well, less than stellar.
The new film version of The Green Hornet has, to be fair, been up against it for awhile now. The idea of lovable loafer Seth Rogen as Britt Reid, a debonair newspaper mogul by day/masked hero by night seemed laughable, and the film's director, Michele Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), seemed like a very odd choice, as he's known for helming smart (albeit quirky) indie comedies, not epic action flicks.
Well word is in that Sony executives have gotten an early look at Green Hornet and, well, their reaction was apparently less than enthusiastic. They say that the movie is too campy, Gondry's direction is off, and yes, Seth Rogen (even though he's lost weight for the part) doesn't work at all in the lead.
While there's still a significant amount of time between now and the film's release to do re-shoots or whatnot, it sounds as though for now Sony has another The Spirit (or, shudder, Batman and Robin) on their hands. Seriously though, what did they expect when they hired the guys who wrote Superbad and Pineapple Express to pen the script? A serious comic book adventure?
That said, this is no guarantee that The Green Hornet won't be fun or delightfully campy -- just something less than serious. But, like I said, it was kind of hard to expect otherwise.
I should also note that The Green Hornet will be in for a fight when it hits theaters on December 22, 2010, since it'll open against Tron Legacy, Little Fockers, AND Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
We'll keep you posted on any future news about The Green Hornet as it rolls in.
So who, you might ask, is Lobo?
Well, he's a blue-skinned alien who generally works as an interstellar bounty hunter. The character originated in the 1980s as a villain but grew in popularity when he re-emerged in the 1990s as an anti-hero whose design was meant to be a parody of Wolverine.
A Lobo film has been in the works for a while now, with Guy Ritchie attached to the project at one point and Akiva Goldsman producing. Since then, Ritchie departed to do Sherlock Holmes 2 and two other big-budgeted projects that Goldsman served as producer on (The Losers and Jonah Hex) have left Warner Bros. executives less than enthused.
For now, it looks as though Lobo won't be hitting the big screen anytime soon. The character could be fun to see in a full-length feature but I understand Warner Bros. not entirely trusting the man who produced Lost in Space to deliver the goods.
We'll keep an eye out for any future news about the development of a Lobo movie but don't hold your breath for now.