JOURNEY 2 Director Brad Peyton to Write and Helm Comic Adaptation LOBO

     April 20, 2012


The long-in-development feature film adaptation of the DC Comic Lobo now has new life.  Deadline reports that Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton has been set by Warner Bros. to rewrite and direct an adaptation of the alien bounty hunter character.  Guy Ritchie was previously attached to direct the project, but subsequently fell out.  The character is an anti-hero who was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen “as an indictment of the Punisher, Wolverine, hero prototype” but ironically became popular for his violent tendencies.

One could see Guy Ritchie making a fairly entertaining adaptation of the character, but choosing the guy who made Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore to direct is just baffling.  It’s slightly possible that his take could be just as raw and edgy as the comic calls for, but I’m doubtful.  Whatever the case, WB must have taken a liking to Peyton’s pitch as he’ll be handling a rewrite of the script himself.  First up, though, Peyton has a third installment of the Journey franchise to direct.

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  • Sugreev2001

    Yeah,this makes me doubtful about the movie’s prospects as well.

  • Griz

    Given DC track record with not so well known comic book to movie adaptations . . . i would hope that they’re smart enough not to actually make another Losers or Jonah Hex, and are simply using the “in development” announcements to keep their properties in the news cycle.

    • mike.a

      Actually I thought the losers was pretty good. Jonah hex was disappointing.

  • ozzie

    I am not a fan of Lobo but there are a lot of hardcore Lobo fans that would mutiny if this movie was bad.

  • Rockslide

    Lobo is an odd choice for WB to develop at this time before so many of their core characters see screen time. Lobo, to me, had his 15 minutes of fame back in the mid-nineties. I don’t run into too many fans nowadays.

    I’d much rather see their efforts put on the Flash or Wonder Woman.

  • Angel of Death

    And yet another misstep in the long line of missteps WB has had at mishandling any prospects of making DC Comics a franchise staple for the studio.

    Just for fun, let’s name the others There’s…
    Superman Returns
    Jonah Hex
    The Losers
    Green Lantern
    the cancellation of Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman (who Marvel sniped for Avengers–good move by them)
    Batman and Robin

    and soon to be Lobo–under the helm of the guy who directed Cats and Dogs 2.

    Congratulations WB! You have 1 successful DC franchise that’s coming to an end this summer! Good for you!

  • terry

    IMHO, this has Nick Cage written all over it.
    If so, it’ll be yet another disaster for his circling the drain career.
    Hey, I call it like i see it.
    But don’t we all?

    • mike.a

      Agreed. After seeing drive angry i could definitely picture cage filling in the role for this one.

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