Guy Ritchie Takes On DC’s ‘Lobo’

lobo-comic-dcThe director of such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and the upcomimng Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, has just landed a brand new directing gig to expand his already extensive resume. What’s next for Ritchie? The director has signed on to helm the live action adaptation of the DC comic book Lobo for Warner Brothers and producers Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona.

In case you’re not familiar, the movie, adapted by Don Payne, concerns a seven foot, blue skinned, heavily muscled anti-hero and interstallar bounty hunter who comes to earth in search of some fugitives intent on destruction. Once here, he teams up with a small town teenaged girl to help stop the mayhem and in the process learns a little something about humanity. Or, I might have made that last bit up. Either way, the film sounds pretty cool and Lobo is a pretty great character that will do well as a movie.

At any rate, according to the report, Warner Bros. is looking for a PG-13 rated experience which will hopefully bring in the audience that stayed home instead of watching X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film will also, which is no surprise, be heavy in the special and visual effects areas. The movie is expected to start production early next year and I can’t wait to find out who ends up playing Lobo. Thoughts?

Warner Bros. has locked Guy Ritchie to direct “Lobo,” the live action adaptation of the DC Comics drama about an alien interstellar bounty hunter.
Don Payne wrote the most recent script draft, and Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona will produce. Pic is a co-production between Silver Pictures and Weed Road.
Ritchie will make the film his follow-up to “Sherlock Holmes,” the Silver-produced film that stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, which Warner Bros. opens Christmas Day.
Production on “Lobo” begins early next year. The character originated in 1983 in “Omega Men,” written by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen. Lobo has had several comic incarnations. In the film, he is a seven-foot tall, blue-skinned, indestructible and heavily muscled anti-hero who drives a pimped out motorcycle, and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc. Lobo teams with a small town teenaged girl to stop the creatures.
WB is aiming for a PG-13 rating. Pic will be strong on visual effects, and Ritchie will bring the irreverent, gruff tone of past films like “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.”
Steve Richards and Kerry Foster will be executive producers.
With all the attention on Disney’s Marvel deal, the Ritchie deals gives WB yet another production start through its DC Comics banner. Silver and Goldsman are producers on “The Losers,” while Goldsman is a producer on “Jonah Hex.” WB recently set Ryan Reynolds to play the title character in the Martin Campbell-directed “Green Lantern.” DC Comics is a WB-owned entity, and Gregory Noveck steers the film adaptations for DC.
Ritchie is repped by CA
  • Akon Warrior
    September 5, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    This is The best news ever for the fanatics of DC Comics Drama saga ..a character that y’all love to hate .. Masculine interstellar bounty Hunter with a Hyper Violent Character ..don’t F####K around with Humanity Aliens runaway …as LOBO is there to provide ..the Anti Hero stereotype at is best .. this is going to Kick ass and make Ritchie even more famous ..just think about a out space odyssey with a lock stock stoking barrel attitude ..that is a Bloody good Flava for a
    PG 13 or R .. WB is going to push the limits for that Blue skinned indestructible heart felt MUTHAFUCKA ..Bad to the bone on is “Pimped” BlACK HARLEY ..Fish tails and wide belt.. Ya riders Know what I mean Brothers.. Heavily Muscled and Tattooed ..the PUUURFECT Anti Hero with a gritty and Sardonic Temper ..Can’t wait to see who they have in Minds for this role ..Jason Statham ? Dany trejo ? El Rico ? or a fully suited and animated latex super vilain ?
    I’m sure this would be a success and a ‘frame’ opener for more B-lister Comics characters created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen in 1983 ‘Omega Men ‘..
    Hip Hop and LOBO where born of the same psychedelics current that was flowing across the galaxy at he beginning of the eighty’s..Da “Funkadelics” Relic just like “Black Dynamite” did, Michael Jay white was the right choice for the SONY revamp and I’m sure guy Ritchie will follow the trend and take risk for the choice of is casts..Can’t wait to read more about it in the following weeks.

    Akon Warrior

  • Niche
    September 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Good to see DC getting some b-listers out there in Tinseltown, first Jonah Hex, now this. This is progress.

  • Anonymous
    September 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    guy richie does everything right. this will not be a disappointment.

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