Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 by Devindra Hardawar
Lobo fans hoping for Guy Ritchie to bring his talents to the comic series’ live action adaptation best look elsewhere. Coming off the incredibly successful Sherlock Holmes, it appears that Ritchie is now looking towards the next entry in the detective franchise instead. LAT’s Hero Complex blog had a chat with producer Joel Silver who mentioned that the studio really wants a Holmes sequel. They already have “some ideas and some good story points” for a sequel, and Ritchie is currently chatting with the studio to see if they can fast-track the film.
It’s a safe move for Ritchie since he doesn’t have to worry about Holmes 2 making bank, and it gets him away from a Lobo adaptation that wasn’t looking too hot. Couple this news with the fact that Robert Downey Jr. recently left Cowboy’s and Aliens, and it appears that a sequel will definitely be happening soon.
I had fun with Holmes, but the film ultimately didn’t leave much of an impression on me due to wasted characters, an average plot, and an all-too-typical final act. The film reeked of being a “safe” studio offering, and all this talk of fast-tracking a sequel isn’t giving me hope that it’ll be much better. Perhaps Ritchie can relax a bit and have more fun with the material this time around — but it’s not a project I’m getting psyched up for just yet.
As for Lobo, Silver says that it’ll likely go to a different director, but the project is still viable:
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