First Showing recently caught up with Donald De Line, producer of the upcoming Green Lantern movie, and used the occasion to pump ol' Donny for some info about how Green Lantern is coming along. According to De Line, things are still proceeding in the right direction; he also hinted that GL might be on the big screen quicker than you think.
De Line confirmed that the latest draft of the script turned in by writing team Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green had made the powers that be over at Warner Bros. happy. So happy, in fact, that the movie is being hurled forward, with production gearing up to start as soon as this Spring. Said De Line:
"...it's coming together and I'm excited about it. Hopefully we'll make it to start gate. We're really close - really close."
Our friend El Mayimbe over at Latino Review had a chance to review the latest draft of the Green Lantern script a few weeks back, and had nothing for but praise for it. You can read El Mayimbe's full review of the script by going here--but be warned in advance, it contains MANY SPOILERS.
For the purposes of this post, let me just say that the latest script pretty much mirrors the GL origin story we here at Screen Rant reported on this summer. New details are that Hal Jordan will start off as a jerk that must learn how to act like a hero; and that the movie's climatic battles will take place both on the GL home planet of Oa, as well as on Earth. Green Lantern will still be epic; it will still be extraterrestrial; it will still be an F/X bonanza; and there will most certainly be sequels and prequels out the yin-yang if this movie performs as well as expected.
So how much of this double-time effort to bring GL to the screen by 2010 is DC/Warner Bros.' response to the recent announcement that rival Marvel Studios was stacking the deck for the summers of 2010 and 2011? Probably a lot of it. DC is going to need something truly epic to overshadow Marvel's Avengers build-up, and they might just have found that something in Green Lantern. Let us know what you think.
Sources: First Showing & Latino Review