DC Comics' 'Lobo' with Dwayne Johnson is Not Happening Anymore
Dwayne Johnson has a shot at being one of the most prolific actors of 2013, because he has Snitch, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Empire State, Pain & Gain, and Fast and Furious 6 all set to hit theaters by the end of this year. Whew. He's gearing up to film Hercules: The Thracian Wars for director Brett Ratner next, but since he's so busy, something in his packed schedule had to give. MTV recently sat down with Johnson for an interview and asked him point blank whether he'll be playing Lobo in DC Comics' adaptation of the comic, and he unfortunately said that despite some initial interest, the project "went away." Bummer. More below!
Guy Ritchie was once attached to direct the movie before he stepped away in favor of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and then Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton scored the director's chair for Lobo last year. Johnson mentioned on Twitter that rumors he was considering starring as the motorcycle-riding anti-hero were true, but that's no longer the case. Here's what he told MTV when asked if he was developing the film:
"It was for a minute, but then it kind of just went away, as things happen in Hollywood. For a minute, I was interested in it, but then it went away."
We're not sure if that means that the entire project is dead or been put on hold or just if he is no longer interested in starring. Even though he's worked with Peyton on Journey 2, I wouldn't blame Johnson if he wanted to bail on this one because Peyton doesn't strike me as the guy who could have the right vision to bring Lobo to life. Ritchie was a much more interesting choice as a director, but we'll have to see if Justice League and some of the other DC properties get back up and running again and maybe Lobo will come around a few years from now when the right team can coalesce to make an excellent version of it. Until then, it looks like this will just be another one of those "what if" scenarios that fans can always wonder about.