The feature adaptation of Lore, a comic book from husband-and-wife team Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise, was first announced three years ago with Cory Goodman (Priest) and Jeremy Lott on board to write the script. Warner Bros. picked up the screenplay and attached Dwayne Johsnon (pending scheduling) in 2012. Since the producers are said to want a Men in Black-style franchise, they reached out to Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld this time last year. Sonnenfeld and the studio reportedly could not agree on a budget, so Sonnenfeld will step down as director, but remain involved as executive producer.
WB has found a replacement in a director who will likely be more agreeable: David Green. More after the jump.
Heat Vision reports the surprising news that Green will direct Lore. Green made his directorial debut, the $5 million sci-fi feature Echo, for Disney. Disney kept it on the shelf, unsure of how to market the low-budget movie—the studio passed it off in a sale to Relativity. Echo is now set for release January 10, 2014.
WB apparently sees enough promise in Echo to trust Green with Lore, intended as a tentpole with Johnson at the center. They probably also see Green as a cheaper option with less leverage than Sonnenfeld. But I always root for the fresh voices, especially the ones with a sci-fi background. Congratulations and good luck, Mr. Green.
Here’s the comic book synopsis:
In times past, the world was full of mythical creatures, creatures long since banished and held at bay by the secret society of Shepherds. But when the generational line of Shepherds is broken, a reluctant hero finds her life threatened from every quarter. And the creatures are coming back…
Now, IDW presents this Premiere Edition of Lore, written by T.P. Louise and acclaimed artist Ashley Wood. Primarily a prose tale, Wood provides panel and spot illustrations that help bring this story to life. Lore Premiere Edition collects the entire six issues of this unique and mystical series, along with a gallery of artwork from Wood, all within a handsome hardcover.
Andrew Lazar, David Alpert, Rick Jacobs, Ted Adams, and Ashley Wood will produce with Sonnenfeld.