Warner Bros. Moving Forward with Edgier Sequel to Green Lantern
08.02.11 by Chris
In Hollywood, if you fail, try, try again.
Despite having reportedly one of the biggest advertising budgets ever and one of the most beloved comic book characters, there's no way but to describe Green Lantern as a dud. The $200+ million movie limped out of movie theaters with just $114 million, not a gross that screams sequel but that is exactly what Warner Bros. is doing.
According to the The LA Times, Warner Bros. is going back to the drawing board for a second Green Lantern, but this time it's going to be "edgier," as Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros described.
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.
The studio is reportedly scrapping director Martin Campbell, despite him having a sequel option in his contract. The report didn't mention if the studio was going to keep Ryan Reynolds.
An outline for a sequel has already been penned by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim, who all worked on Green Lantern. But given Warner's decision to move in a different direction, don't be surprised when that outline also hits the trash can.
What's surprising in Warner's decision to go "edgier" is why didn't they go that route in the first movie? After The Dark Knight (also made by Warner Bros.) made a gazillion dollars it seemed every movie studio was screaming, "We gotta make our superheros dark and gritty." But Green Lantern seemed more like Superman than The Dark Knight.
So will a darker Green Lantern reverse the comic book character's fate at the box office? If Campbell's out, who should step in as director? How would you make Green Lantern better? Can we all agree to nix the CGI suit?