Brad Peyton to Rewrite and Direct Lobo Live-Action Movie Adaptation
04.22.12 by BJSprecher
It seems as if Warner's long-in-development live-action Lobo movie adaptation possesses all of the stamina and regenerative abilities of the DC Comics character on which it is based. In limbo since original director Guy Ritchie dropped out in January 2010 to focus on the sequel to Sherlock Holmes, the Lobo movie is once again alive at Warner Bros. with the hiring of a new writer/director — though many die-hard comic book movie fans are already wishing it would have simply died. According to Deadline, Brad Peyton, whose previous credits include directing such kid-friendly fare as Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, has been hired to rewrite and direct Lobo, all but ensuring that the violent comic book anti-hero's core fan base will be up in arms about the movie.
Lobo — whose name is Czarnian for "he who devours your entrails and thoroughly enjoys it" and not Spanish for "wolf" — is an alien bounty hunter originally created in the '80s as a parody of "gritty" heroes like Wolverine and the Punisher, but he became one of DC Comics' most popular characters in the '90s following the publication of the irreverent, ultra-violent 1990 mini-series Lobo: The Last Czarnian by Alan Grant and Simon Bisley.
Lobo wiped out every other Czarnian on his home planet so that he could be unique, murdered his own daughter and dozens more of his bastard offspring when they teamed up to try to kill him, and he even tried to wack Santa Claus at the behest of the Easter Bunny — he's probably one of the last comic book characters that should get a kid-friendly treatment. However, producer Joel Silver said that he was aiming for a PG-13 rating when he first announced the adaptation back in 2009, so the hiring of a director like Peyton seems to be a logical move, if not a fanboy pleaser.
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