In a recent interview with Sci Fi Wire, screenwriter Marc Guggenheim was keen to discuss the developments surrounding a Green Lantern movie. Despite being guarded on some topics Guggenheim confirmed that the adaptation will be centred on the Silver Age DC Comics incarnation of the superhero:
“You know I really can’t [say anything]. I’ve sworn a blood oath of secrecy in relation to the project. But, you know, the thing I can tell you is that it is a very loving and respectful approach.”
Disclosing a little further Guggenheim talked a little about the direction the project was currently moving in:
“The goal here is to do the best cinematic representation of the Green Lantern character. You know, there’s no desire on anyone’s part to completely change the character and just call this other character Green Lantern and try to … draft off the name recognition,” He said. “This is all about ‘How do we bring the best version of this character to the silver screen?'”
In a pleasing statement Guggenheim talked about an abundance of material to work from.
“We’ve drawn heavily from … a lot of different sources in terms of the comic books. … The character … is several decades old, so … we’ve really had an incredible amount of source material to cherry-pick from.
Ending this interview he was quick to shoot down the numerous casting rumours – Chris Pine, Bradley Cooper and Nathan Fillion to name but a few – that have been swirling around the web:
“They’re all false,” he said resolutely. “I mean, they’re all false insofar as we haven’t chosen anyone yet. They’re still in the negotiations, you know? There’s a lot of names being talked about, and there’s a lot of people being met, and a lot of … actors reading the script.” He finished up by saying: “But if you read online [that] Pauly Shore’s been cast as Hal Jordan, I can guarantee you we have not cast anyone.”
Green Lantern is scheduled for release on 17 June 2011. Bond helmer Martin Campbell is reportedly set to direct the film, at this time no casting announcements have been made.