Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Guy Ritchie to Direct DC/WB's ‘Lobo’

DC Comics interstellar bounty hunter, "Lobo," has a feature film in the works and Guy Ritchie ("Sherlock Holmes") will be the man helping to realize the vision.

Variety is reporting that DC/Warner Bros. has attached Ritchie to the project, which they hope to have in production by early next year. If you’re not familiar, Lobo is the foul-mouthed, interstellar bounty hunter of the DC Universe. He rides a pimped-out space bike, is strong enough to take on Superman, with enough energy left over to drink, party and get laid all night by the lovely ladies of the cosmos. All when he isn’t brutally slaughtering bad guys and collecting bounties, that is.

"What I like is a world where you have major broad poetic license, whether its comic properties or whatever," Ritchie said. "I like stepping into an animated world. Exactly how that animation manifests itself is secondary. The primary thing is to leave what we perceive as a normal world and depart into a '300'-type or 'Avatar'-esque. And that appeals to me. I like 'Sin City' and '300' and 'Watchmen.' I like departing from a normal world."

Ritchie seems like a good fit for the material of "Lobo" because most of his previous films portrayed anti-hero types set in the London underground ("Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Snatch") With the upcoming big-budget adventure film "Sherlock Holmes" getting released this Christmas, Ritchie has certainly demonstrated he can tackle high-profile studio projects. Still, the WB is aiming for a PG-13 rating for "Lobo," something that producer Joel Silver revealed a few short months ago.

"I think ['Lobo' is] structured now as a PG-13 movie," the producer said of the film's rating. "I think we've done it that way, but I love it."

But how “high-profile” is a Lobo movie? The character is not nearly as recognized as Superman, Batman or even Green Lantern (though for a brief run in the 1990s was one of the most popular characters). I figure they’ll push the limits for a PG-13 rating with the language/violence, but still keep the movie clean enough to have teenage boys flocking to the theater.

Are you excited to see Lobo on the screen before The Flash or Wonder Woman? And are you happy Guy Ritchie is at the helm? No word yet on when DC/WB wants to have "Lobo" in theaters or who will play the Main Man.

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, MTV News, First Showing

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