In an interesting new development over at Warner Bros., the studio has officially brought on a new screenwriter to try and revive their long-troubled Lobo movie, after signing San Andreas director Brad Peyton to helm the project back in 2012, as well as performing a rewrite on the script originally written by Don Payne. Since then though, not much has been heard about the project.
According to a new report from TheWrap though, Wonder Woman screenwriter Jason Fuchs has been brought on to the studio to create a new script for the Lobo film, apparently from scratch. Which likely means the project will be starting over entirely, although not much else is known about the project at this point other than Fuchs’ involvement. At the very least though, this proves that WB was happy with Fuchs’ work on Wonder Woman, if they want to bring him in to write yet another one of their standalone films.
The film will follow the iconic, beloved DC comics character, who is an alien working as an interstellar bounty hunter and mercenary, who became a popular character in the 1990s after being retconned into a much more satirical character that managed to make fun of the dark and gritty DC world he existed in, very similar to Deadpool’s character arc in the comics as well.
Now, the pessimistic part of me makes me think that this is just Warner Bros.’ response to the success of Deadpool, and their attempt to make an R-rated, self-referential standalone film for their DC Cinematic Universe. But the optimistic part of me also says that since the film has been in development for so long, DC may be wanting to get progress going on the film again in order to diversify their DCCU moving forwards.
Either way, it’s proof that the studio is willing to change things up and move around their cinematic universe plans depending on how the industry changes or the fans’ reactions to their films, which comes as good news to me. Lobo could very much work in the DC Cinematic Universe too, depending on who directs it and the quality of Fuchs’ script, but we’ll have to wait and see how this project goes before we can make any of those kinds of judgements.
The Lobo movie is currently in development.
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