Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Brightest Day: Martin Campbell in negotiations for the Green Lantern movie

You all knew I was going to comment on this one...

Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. is fast-tracking one of their bigger DC super hero properties for the silver screen. Next to the 'Trinity' (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman), Green Lantern is arguably DC Comics' biggest icon (second only perhaps to The Flash). The great news is that Warner Bros. is apparently attempting to snag Martin Campbell. Yup, the director behind the two best modern-day James Bond pictures, as well as one of the finest superhero films ever made (The Mask Of Zorro) is allegedly on tap to helm one of the jewels in the DC catalog. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Mr. Campbell, so this news fills me with unexpected joy. When it comes to emotionally charged action that is shot in wide takes, edited sparingly, and easy to follow, Campbell is one of the very best out there.

Of course, Green Lantern is arguably one of the more expensive properties in the DC staple (possible armies of Green Lanterns, outer space adventures, hard-core sci-fi elements, etc), so it'll be interesting to see if they can bring this one in under $200 million. It'll be even more interesting to see which of the several featured Green Lanterns they choose to highlight. Even money is on silver-age favorite and recently 'resurrected' Hal Jordan. If Marvel is dumb enough to let Jon Hamm slip away from their Captain America picture, he'd make a terrific Hal Jordan as well (Matthew Fox makes sense to me too). Come what may, this is very exciting news.

Scott Mendelson

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