Beautiful Bastich

Could this week get any better? Just a few days ago it was announced Guillermo del Toro would be producing a Deadman movie, today I find out Guy Ritchie is directing Lobo.

Lobo will be produced by Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona. Don Payne (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) has written the most recent draft of the script which Variety describes thusly, “In the film, he will be an indestructible, blue-skinned, 7-foot-tall and heavily muscled antihero who drives a pimped-out motorcycle and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives bent on wreaking havoc. Lobo teams with a small-town teenaged girl to stop the creatures.” Apparently it will rely heavily on special effects. No shit.

The Hollywood Reporter says, “Doug Liman was previously attached to direct the project, though Silver, who has been developing the project for the last 10 years, was looking to reunite with Ritchie, with whom he just wrapped ‘Sherlock Holmes.’” Variety also says Warner Bros. is going for a PG-13 rating for this one which sounds almost impossible considering the main character but hey, it’s not like it hasn’t been done before.

Although Liman would have been great, personally, I think Ritchie is the perfect fit for Lobo. I’m a bit nervous with him considering it’s a superhero flick but maybe that’s just the kind of different approach we need to the genre. Now, where to begin on casting such an epic character?

14 Responses to “Beautiful Bastich”

  1. Randy says:

    The only time I can say I liked Lobo was when Dini and Timm used him in Superman the Animated Series.

    "That L as in lacerate, O as in obliterate, B as in disembowel and O as in…I think I can say obliterate twice, what do you think?"

    And of course anyone who read the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire run on JLI knows that Lobo is Khundian for 'He who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it.'

    Yeah, that's really gonna work in a PG-13 movie.

  2. Ohh haha! Yeah I knew Rich's post was a joke but then you made me think you didn't. Sigh, we failed.

    That was a great commercial though Rich.

  3. Rich says:

    I think with me, it's always best assuming it's a joke. Although you may want to click on the 'confirmation' link I had up there…

    The teenage girl sidekick really does remind me of Marvel's Drax mini from a few years ago, though, and I'm really not sure about how well a PG-13 Lobo will play.

    Call me cautiously optimistic till we get some casting news.

  4. Arturo says:

    Oh, completely. My bad if I played it too deadpan.

  5. Well don't worry Randy, Goldsman isn't writing this, just producing. :)

    Terminator Salvation should totally have been R.

    Thanks Anish!

    Yeah, I hate the "relate to" character too. Especially when they're kids.

    You sure that's not just a joke on Rich's part Art? I can't seem to find any actual confirmation of that.

  6. Arturo says:

    Good news for you, Jill – looks like Rich called it!

  7. Drew says:

    Well, I still look forward to it. It's better than being bored in drug rehab.

  8. wik says:

    Hope they mention the 7th grade science project… :D
    Also, wouldn't mind having the Omega Men as important support characters :P

  9. David says:

    Why the hell do they need to include a teenage girl? I hate when hack writers think the audience need someone to "relate to"

  10. Anish says:

    I'm not a Lobo fan; what's more interesting for me will be to see how Ritchie treats the film. Given how he stylizes his films, it's debatable – and by that I mean I take both sides – whether he's dealt with the genre earlier or not.

    Nice blog btw…

  11. greyman24 says:

    [rant]You know what aggravates me? Pushing characters/film concepts into ratings they don't belong in. Who thought it would be a good idea to have a movie about animated guinea pigs that wasn't G? Or animated aliens in attics? Ice Age?

    Terminator Salvation was rated PG-13, even though Terminator was rated R, and many other films, (like Constantine) have fallen into the same curse.

    What is it with these studios? Why the painful twisting to fit into a category so plainly wrong?

  12. Randy says:

    Akiva Goldsman, eh? People forget that he wrote one of the worst superhero movies ever made.

    Batman and Robin.

    Anyway, I am not a Lobo fan, so this movie just does 'eh' for me. Like Constantine, I'll watch it when it hits TBS or FX.

  13. I'm all for Jason Statham playing anyone, anywhere. As long as he's shirtless.

  14. Arturo says:

    Rich had a good call earlier today – J. Statham for the Main Man.

    Gotta wonder, though: between this and the Deadman announcement, is DC feeling more of an urge to tackle "darker" material so as to position themselves as … well, Not Disney Comics?