It seems that the underwhelming reception for the Green Lantern movie hasn’t dissuaded Warner Bros. from taking another shot at it, Ben Fritz reports.
“We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” said Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov, pointing to the film’s box office debut of $53 million. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.”
[snip] Warner Bros. already has an outline for a sequel on hand written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, who all worked on the script for the original. However, several people familiar with the thinking of executives there who were not authorized to speak on the record say Warner will likely make significant changes to the outline, if not start over from scratch, in developing a sequel.
Darker and edgier! Like that time Green Lantern’s spine got ripped out. It seems that director Martin Campbell is not favored to return — given that he seemed to want nothing to do with the movie in interviews, he’ll probably be happy to oblige — after he gets a payout. Campbell, a talented but not notable journeyman, was an odd choice to direct, anyway – we’d suggest a younger, peppier director who actually likes Green Lantern ourselves. (Zack Snyder would be good but he’s already tied up on Superman, obviously.)
While given everything that went on, having another go at Green Lantern seems like a surprising move, Warners really has no choice. They’ve made a huge investment in their superhero franchises, and with Harry Potter gone, they need another tentpole franchise. Batman gets rebooted after next year and Superman is a big question mark at this point, so throwing money and marketing partnerships at it until the Happy Meals stick seems to be the only way to go.
Robinov is still interested in a Flash movie (which has a solid script, he says) and a JLA film.
BTW, we were reading one of the the addictive sex diaries over at Daily Intel when we found out at least one person thought GL was a big turn-on.
We see Green Lantern. I’m not interested but I go because he really wants to see it. I try to xxx his xxxxx outside his xxxxx during the movie but the theatre is too crowded for any naughty business.
See? At least two people will be happy about a GL sequel.
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