I mean, it comes out next year, right? You must be thinking to yourself that surely they’re getting ready to film or have a director or a finished script by now, yeah? Actors lined up? In auditions, at least? Even casting calls?Click here to read the full article.
A lot of articles are spreading like wildfire in the past couple of days about Tom Cruise being “in the running” for Hal Jordan in the “Green Lantern Corps” film but he has one condition: he dies in the script, but he doesn’t want to. If they change this in the script, he’s all good.
There is a couple of very obvious things wrong with this.
As has been well documented, after his simultaneous ousting as CCO of DC and President of WB Entertainment, as a consolation prize Geoff Johns was and has been tapped to write a first draft on the “Green Lantern Corps” screenplay there is no guarantee they will even use. It is neither complete nor turned in yet, nor given the thumbs up by WB as any kind of, “OK, this is something we want to move forward on.” As Geoff Johns has admitted in interviews, he “hopes” WB likes it and the hope is that they would proceed with his vision. “Hopes” being the operative word. They could very easily pass on it, as they passed on his script wrote in tandem with Ben Affleck for the original version of “The Batman” that Ben Affleck was going to direct.
There are several key words in there. The long and the short of it is that there is no script yet, the casting process is a long ways off (like, you know, when WB knows what movie it is they’re shooting, as they haven’t even read Geoff’s script yet because it doesn’t exist). Tom Cruise cannot be “in the running” if the casting process is still in the distance. Can you imagine pitching Tom Cruise right now?
WB: “Hi, Tom. A word?”
Tom Cruise: “Hey, sure! What’s up, WB?”
WB: “You want to play Hal Jordan in our new Green Lantern Corps movie?”
Tom Cruise: “Eh… I dunno. The last one was kind of iffy. Wasn’t that the one co-produced by Geoff Johns? That word is around Hollywood, you gave full veto authority to, creatively?”
WB: “Yeah! It’s funny you mention him. He’s the guy that’s writing the script of the new one.”
Tom Cruise: “Oh.”
WB: “Well what do you say? Are you in?”
Tom Cruise: “Jeeze, I dunno. I guess I’d need to read a script first. Can you send one to my agent?”
WB: “Doesn’t exist yet. But Geoff Johns is a great guy! He used to work for Richard Donner in like the 90s for little bit, as he mentions in many, many interviews you can Google. You may remember Richard Donner from SUPERMAN! #richarddonner”
Tom Cruise: “Ehhh… right, but… so you basically have nothing for me to look at right now? Fallout’s doing pretty great but I certainly don’t want another Mummy…”
WB: “Nope! But are you in?”
You can see how absurd that is, yes? Nothing to see here, folks. Everything you read on the internet isn’t true.
According to Geoff Johns, his “Green Lantern Corps” script is shaping up to be not like Guardians of the Galaxy “Because James Gunn did such a great job on that, but you got to look at it like… I don’t want to get into it, either.” Also other gems emerge, like, “What do you do to try and reintroduce a concept and a group of characters and make it – this applies to everything I work on – but as a writer, and that’s what I really wanted to get back to, is being the writer, when I do my comics I feel I have more control over the minutae, because the minutae it does matter.” Everybody got that? Basically “I like control.” Also, he offered a comment on the suits in the previous “Green Lantern” film, (which he also co-produced): “I look at what they did with those suits. Look, I have so many opinions that I won’t say.” Hopefully he will keep us updated!
Current DC Entertainment publisher Jim Lee will assume the chief creative officer position that Geoff Johns has now left, taking on the duties while continuing to act as publisher with Dan DiDio. The two have jointly held the post since 2010. Johns will now become a content producer, launching his own production house, Mad Ghost Productions. So look forward to seeing that alongside many future DC Comics adaptations. Geoff Johns will next write and produce “Green Lantern Corps,” and fans will remember Geoff also co-produced 2011’s “Green Lantern.”
Making the rounds in movie news this week is that Chris McQuarrie being courted to direct the “Green Lantern Corps” movie… and Tom Cruise might be on the short list (no pun intended) of actors targeted for playing an older, more experienced Hal Jordan to a younger, new recruit John Stewart.
Maybe 10, 15 years ago would be ideal, but wouldn’t he be a picture perfect Hal Jordan? And if he’s a little nutty… perfect. He can go full-Parallax.
Written by Eric Cahill
A few years back, rumors swirled that DC was just going to go ahead and do a goddamn Justice League movie. At some point they hired a director, hired all the actors, and spent millions getting it going (mostly due to legal stuff that is incredibly shady but still). But it seemed absurd! It seemed like it was created with the sole purpose of getting the attention of fanboy blogging and entertainment news soundbites. No way was this ever a project that was actually happening, no one was having these meetings, it was all some Bizarro PR campaign to promote Common’s album, who the hell knows. Of course, the project really was happening (until it suddenly wasn’t) and somehow the script really was written (and recently leaked). And believe it or not, it reads exactly as a script produced for a completely fake and completely weird PR campaign would read. I honestly couldn’t even have imagined exactly what that was until, Shazam, I read it. Let’s dig in. Spoilers ahoy.
So we already know for sure that Green Lantern Corps will be/is being written by Justin Rhodes (Fantastic Voyage) and David Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel). Now comes an offhand comment on a podcast by TheWrap.com writer Jeff Sneider saying that Goyer might pull a Simon Kinberg and want to take the reigns of the camera into his hands, in addition to his producer role as well. Hit the jump for quote and bring your grain of salt with you.