While Disney and Marvel are on their honeymoon figuring out how they’ll organize and move forward with their countless projects, Warner Brothers is keeping right at it with their comic book tag team with DC Comics. The studio has hired Guy Ritchie to direct a new movie based on their comic book title Lobo to follow up his upcoming Sherlock Holmes film.
Lobo follows a bounty hunting alien on a motorcycle who is a pretty intimidating force and perhaps one of the most intriguing comic book characters ever made — though he’s not very well-known. He’s a monster of an alien: standing seven-feet tall, who looks kind of like a Hellboy/Abe Sapien hybrid with some sweet Rob Zombie hair. He was created to be DC’s version of the popular anti-hero like Wolverine or Deadpool — someone who isn’t very friendly, but does some form of good. Of course, Lobo maybe doesn’t always do “good”; his name means “he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it,” and he unleashed a plague on his home world, killing every other member of his species in order for him to be the only one left.
In the movie, it is planned for him to be in his blue-skinned form (I believe a friendly competition is forming between this, Avatar‘s Na’vi, and the Smurfs movie). The story will follow him to our own planet Earth, where four dangerous fugitive creatures are planning to unleash hell. Lobo will form an unlikely team with a young teenage girl in a small town to try and find and stop the escapees.
The project already wields controversy for fans of the comic. It appears that Warner Brothers is expecting the movie to get a PG-13 rating, and with how incredibly violent he’s known to be, purists will be furious at this news. Being someone who’s known for PG-13 rants, I wish I could throw my opinion in, but I’m honestly not as familiar with the character as others might be, and thus, I can’t say if they could get away with Lobo destruction in lightened fashion. This, of course, means there will be a large amount of CGI used to cushion a lot of the blows.
Lobo is set to begin production next year. It is written by Don Payne, and produced by Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, and Andrew Rona.
This is where I call upon you Lobo fans out there. Could they swing this with a PG-13 like they did with Wolverine, the X-Men movies, and even Hellboy, or is it already doomed?
hmmm I actually think it may work as with PG-13 cert… Also I think pigs might fly.
Guy Ritchie???!!! WHY?!
Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — September 4, 2009 @ 1:36 am
“Could they swing this with a PG-13 like they did with Wolverine…”
sadly, yes. because he’s so unknown mobs of teeny boppers will go the the movies to watch it after being bombarded with the action-packed ads on TV and picking up whatever watered down version of a comic book that Disney puts out prior to it’s release to try to build interest thinking they’re experts on Lobo. but for somebody like me who’s been following Lobo since my high school days in the 90s i’ll most likely try to pretend a movie doesn’t even exist, then finally watching it through netflix a year later out of morbid curiosity.
Comment by Dax — September 4, 2009 @ 11:50 am
doh! i meant Warner Brothers, not Disney. i’m still in shock over the whole Disney/Marvel deal.
Comment by Dax — September 4, 2009 @ 11:51 am
Granted I am no Lobo expert, but i do know who the character is. That said, what Lobo is, is not a PG-13 character. The thing is that they can get away with PG-13 with wolverine if you cut out all the mega-violence. With Lobo though, violence is not the only thing that makes his character “un-family friendly”. So to do this you have to change the character considerably. But that’s just my opinion. I probably see it when it comes out, complain, they get it on DVD, complain, and let it collect dust.(Here’s looking at you Wolverine Origins)
Comment by Rich — September 4, 2009 @ 3:58 pm
No way in hell will he fly as PG-13. He got kicked out of Hell, because they didn’t want him. He got sent back to Earth, because he kicked the ass of everyone in heaven, dismembering most of them, because they can’t be killed. He took a contract to kill Santa Claus. The comic was a mature audiences book.
Comment by LurkerX — September 11, 2009 @ 11:23 pm
AWEFUL idea. Next it’ll be Robocop and Silence of the Lambs as PG-13. I give up.
Comment by Paul — September 29, 2009 @ 9:18 am