Green Lantern Wrapped + Harry Potter Writer Boards Sequel
by Ethan Anderton
August 9, 2010
Back in February, production began on DC Entertainment's, Martin Campbell-directed adaptation of Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds. Now just over one hundred days later DC Entertainment's CCO and comic book writer Geoff Johns wrote on Twitter that principal photography had wrapped for the superhero flick and, "as co-producer of the film, I am very, very proud of what we’ve got in store. Much more to come." As DC moves into the effects heavy post-production process, Variety reports that writer Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix) has been brought in to write the already in development sequel.
Having adapted the longest book in the Harry Potter series, Goldenberg is no stranger to adapting a story with extensive mythology and rabid fans and making it fit into a very nice cinematic package. Order of the Phoenix was a hard book to cram into a two-and-a-half hour movie, and I can't imagine an entire collection of comics being any easier to adapt. It sounds like he's the right man for the job though. Aside from his work in the Harry Potter franchise, Goldenberg also worked on a re-write for the original Green Lantern script, so he's not entirely fresh meat for the comic book property. Glad to see WB and DC making good decisions.
Warner Bros had already ordered Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim (who wrote the first Green Lantern) to write a treatment for the sequel, but this rapid progress with almost an entire year before the franchise even launches means the studio has taken a Green Lantern oath of its own. That trio of writers were also working on a treatment for The Flash as well, but would have to choose only one of the projects for which they would write the actual script (hint, hint). So with Goldenberg's boarding Green Lantern 2 as writer, it sounds like they've chosen to write the full screenplay for The Flash as their next job. Excited?
Meanwhile, actor Temuera Morrison (who plays Abin Sur in the movie ) has already talked about plans to bring his character back for a sequel, so we've got a slight idea of where Goldenberg will be heading with the script, plus there's Sinestro's inevitable path. Stay tuned as more Green Lantern updates become available.