Producer Joel Silver had been trying to put together a Lobo movie based on the DC Comics anti-hero for years, before new executives at Warner Bros. put it on ice. Guy Ritchie had been attached to direct but would eventually exit to focus on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and then director Brad Peyton was hired to replace him. Coming Soon was able to speak to the director who is about to release San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson. Peyton confirms he was rewriting the script and was talking with Johnson for the role. He seems hopeful the studio will eventually come back to it once they get our their main slate in theatres.
“I think what’s happening with DC is that they have prioritized what they need to make first in order to kind of lay the foundations for the DC Universe. This is what I believe is happening just from what they’ve been taking about. They’re talking about ‘Justice League,’ ‘Batman v Superman,’ and going into ‘Flash,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ and ‘Aquaman.’ Those are kind of the pillars of that universe.”
“It’s one of those things where, creatively, you and I get it, but there’s a lot of people that don’t quite get that. It’s a real uphill battle to talk people into spending a lot of money to do things correctly… I was really happy with the script, [though]. I talked with Dwayne about it. Joel Silver and I had a really amazing meeting about it. I did a rewrite of the script and was really, really excited for it. In their estimation, though, he wasn’t one of those main guys… That’s fair enough. I think that, to do any kind of comic book universe correctly, you do need to establish, ‘Here’s the tone. Here’s the main people.’ Then we can grow offshoots from there. With Marvel, they’re now doing smaller characters like ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ They obviously had to start, though, with their big guns and set up ‘The Avengers.’ I kind of feel like that’s where DC is now. They’re setting that team up.”
“I think there’s going to be a really amazing time for ‘Lobo’ and I think people are going to realize, certainly once they revisit it, what they’re sitting on,” he says. “But you never know. I’m really happy with the project and where we got it and fingers crossed it comes to fruition at some point.”
Since it looks like solid Lobo candidates such as Jason Momoa and Dwayne Johnson have landed other DC roles, I’d love to see someone like Manu Bennett land the role. He has history with both DC and Warner Bros. playing Deathstroke on Arrow, but also playing the main villain of The Hobbit trilogy, Azog the pale warlord orc. Knowing that the TV and films are separate universes, it might allow Manu to be considered for film roles as well. He also is no stranger to motorcycles and the biker look having a role in the Aussie series Bikie Wars alongside Batman v Superman‘s Callan Mulvey.
SOURCE: COMING SOON