Despite an underwhelming box office and middling reviews, Warner Bros. is apparently still moving forward with a sequel to Green Lantern. Back in August, we reported that screenwriter Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) had been hired to pen the follow-up, working from a treatment by the first film’s writers Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim. However, director Martin Campbell has stated that he won’t be back for another go around. THR reports that Warner Bros. “still believes” in the franchise and is hopeful that it will have long legs in theaters. Hit the jump for more.
While WB sounds hopeful, just because the studio says that they’re moving ahead with the sequel doesn’t guarantee that it’ll see the light of day. This report comes at a curious time, with Warner Bros. possibly hoping that trumpeting a sequel will increase box office returns (“Well since they’re making a sequel, I guess I’ll go see it now.”)
Whatever the studio’s intentions with regards to Green Lantern 2, they’re definitely searching for a replacement franchise with Harry Potter coming to an end this summer. They’ve got Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow) working on a Tarzan film that’s part of a potential trilogy, and they recently acquired the rights to the book series The Lost Years of Merlin, focusing on the early years of the young wizard. Tarzan seems like a bit of a stretch for a franchise, but Merlin could make a nice fit for the Harry Potter crowd. Though a super easy fix for the Potter void would be a successful Green Lantern sequel.