Green Lantern Screenwriter Talks Script, Cast & New Characters

Marc Guggenheim has been hard at work on the script for the upcoming live-action Green Lantern movie for some time now. Along with writing partners Michael Green and Greg Berlanti, Guggenheim has been trying to find the perfect balance between a script that captures the nature of the comic book character, while still providing an epic interstellar adventure audiences everywhere will enjoy.

Guggenheim has been on the blog-circuit recently, talking about the latest revision of The Green Lantern that he, Green and Berlanti turned in to Warner Bros. last week.  The writer also hinted to MTV News about the still-announced role of Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, while also dropping the news that a brand new Green Lantern character will be appearing in the film. Check out what Guggenheim had to say about the revisions to The Green Lantern script that have taken place since Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) was attached to direct:

It’s basically the exercise of changing the movie from being just a script that people are reading to being a script that people will actually shoot, perform and produce...

That's understandable: About a year ago, Latino Review snagged a first look at an early draft of the Guggenheim/Green/Berlanti script, which was chock-full of epic Earth/space battles and called for all kinds of spectacular F/X. Even with the $150 million budget The Green Lantern has since been tagged with, that early version of the script was an epic piece of comic book cinema; it wouldn't be surprising if the studio has had to shave it down to meet the realities of actor/shooting schedules and budgetary restraints. After all, GL is still somewhat of an unproven superhero as far as the mainstream goes.

And besides: what they don't fit into Green Lantern 1 I'm sure they'll save for the inevitable Green Lantern 2.

Back to Guggenheim: the writer played coy about knowing who is likely to be cast in the role of Silver-Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan - but interestingly enough, he was just as quick to defend the yet-unannounced actor taking on the role:

It’s always particularly funny when there’s a rumor that goes around and I’m like, ‘I know that can’t be true because that actor’s schedule doesn’t permit them to do the movie in our time frame,’ or any number of other things...But I’m a very big believer that in acting, people can surprise you. People you didn’t necessarily think were the right choice on paper can be the absolute right choice.”

When Heath Ledger was first announced as the Joker that wasn’t the obvious right choice, but now that everyone has seen ‘The Dark Knight,’ can any of us imagine someone else in that role?” he added.

Hmmm... interesting words from a guy who alleges to know nothing about the casting decisions... True words, too. There WAS a lot of fan outcry when Heath Ledger was first announced as the Joker, and look how that turned out. Despite talks of everyone from Chris Pine to Bradley Cooper to Brian Austin Green being "right" for the role of GL, I wouldn't be surprised if Warner Bros. soon announces an out-of-left-field actor playing the role (see the recent case of Chris Hemsworth playing Thor).

Finally, Guggenheim ended the interview with MTV by revealing that there will be a new Green Lantern Corps member (remember, the Green Lanterns are an interstellar police force, there are more than one) who was created specifically for the movie.

To read MTV's full interview with Marc Guggenheim (he talks more about the new GL they created for the movie) you can go here.

The Green Lantern goes into production this fall. It's slated to hit theaters on June 17, 2011.

Source: MTV News

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