Joel Silver‘s last choice for a director to bring DC Comics’ Lemmy-tinged bounty hunter Lobo to the big screen was Guy Ritchie, but Sherlock Holmes, pub running and hair washing seemed to get in the way, and before long, he stepped down. The new name to have now become attached is somewhat less luminous.
Indeed, Brad Peyton‘s two released features to date, the sequel to Cats and Dogs and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, were a pair of low-balling, committee-driven, quota-making follow-ups and not one half as interesting as the various films he hasn’t made along the way.
For example, Henson studios set Peyton to work adapting Edward Gorey‘s The Doubtful Guest. At another point, he was working with Karen Walton on an original project.
Perhaps Lobo will afford him the liberty to stretch his wings a little.
Sadly missing from Deadline‘s report is who Silver and co-producer Akiva Goldsman have set to writing the script. That could be crucial.
UPDATE: Deadline rewrote their story to say that, funnily enough, Peyton will rewrite the film’s script.
Nor do we know quite what take on Lobo the film will offer, but I dare say it will be rooted in the played-for-laughs 90’s reinvention. Lobo was apparently intended by co-creator Keith Giffen as a satire on ultraviolent bone cruncher characters like Wolverine or the Punisher… and then loved and celebrated as the very thing he was supposed to indict.
Back when Ritchie was at the helm, Clancy Brown was rumoured casting for the lead role. A fascinating choice, and possibly a less likely one, day by day, but not a bad direction. I expect if that was how Silver and Goldsman were thinking before, they’ll probably be leaning in that sorta-kinda direction today too.