Guy Ritchie Signs On to Direct DC Comics' Lobo Movie
by Alex Billington
September 2, 2009
It looks like no more gangster films for Guy Ritchie. The British filmmaker has signed on to direct an adaptation of the DC Comics' property Lobo, his first superhero movie. Joel Silver is producing the film, with Don Payne (My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Rise of the Silver Surfer, "The Simpsons") writing the script. Lobo is an blue-skinned cigar-chomping alien who is an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter. The character is one of DC’s more recent creations (he was introduced in 1980s by creators Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen) and for a brief run in the 1990s was one of the most popular characters. Could be badass?
Lobo is an anti-hero who was meant to serve as a parody of other violent heroes such as Wolverine and the Punisher, with his stories featuring a nihilistic streak tinged with dark comedy and excessive violence. Perfect for Guy Ritchie, considering that before Sherlock Holmes, all of his films were R-rated and usually pretty violent, at least in a British way. Doug Liman was previously attached to direct the project, though Silver, whose been developing the project for the last 10 years, was looking to work with Ritchie again after Holmes and roped him into it (I'm sure with a very sweet payday). But is Ritchie a commercial director?
I actually still love Guy Ritchie and I'm both excited and curious to see how he does directing a mainstream Hollywood movie for once (watch the trailer). In addition to Sherlock Holmes, I'm excited to see him take on this kind of off-the-wall character, and I hope Joel Silver lets him go all out with an R rating. Because from what I can tell, this needs to be excessively violent or it'll just be tame compared to the comics. Excited?