Green Lantern

Martin Campbell‘s last foray into the comic book world didn’t go so well, with Green Lantern failing to impress critics or fans. Nevertheless, he’s getting back on that horse with another graphic novel adaptation.

Campbell is attached to direct Sebastian X, based on the sci-fi tale written by Michelangelo La Neve and drawn by Stuart Immonen. The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd is producing, and Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu) will write the script. More details on the Martin Campbell Sebastian X project after the jump. Read More »

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Casino Royale director Martin Campbell is getting back into the espionage game. He’s in early talks to direct Hunter Killer, based on the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith. Hit the jump for more on the Martin Campbell Hunter Killer news.

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The DC movie universe should already be three years old. We all thought, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy aside, that Martin Campbell‘s Green Lantern was going to kick things off. It was a no-brainer. Much like Iron Man before him, Green Lantern was a very successful and popular comic character who was fairly well-known to the general public. He also had an everyman origin story which opened up the world to crazy possibilities. Fans surely figured, by 2014, we’d see Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern on screen with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash.

Then the movie opened, and things did not turn out well at all. While some enjoyed the movie, most heralded it as an epic failure on every level. Most importantly, the executives at Warner Bros. pretty much dismissed the film and instead focused on Superman as a new universe kickstarter, leading us to where we are now.

So where does that leave Green Lantern, The DC Comics superhero movie that doesn’t quite fit anywhere? It leaves the movie as the perfect subject of a Screen Junkies Honest Trailer. Check it out below. Read More »

Between American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy, almost half of this post is FX teasers. After the jump:

  • Syfy will reboot the Brit cult sci-fi series Blake’s 7
  • Fox picks up a new comedy by the Parks & Rec team
  • Dwight-centric Office spinoff The Farm begins casting
  • Jessica De Gouw joins The CW’s Arrow as the Huntress
  • See Breaking Bad stars on old episodes of Seinfeld
  • Doctor Who gets a premiere date and a new trailer
  • Watch three more trailers for FX’s Sons of Anarchy
  • See more creepy teasers for American Horror Story

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Back in 2008 and 2009 James Cameron talked here and there about directing The Dive, a film centered around the love between free divers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, and the record-setting attempt that claimed Mestre’s life.

But thanks to other commitments Cameron has backed away from directing the film and will now act in a producer capacity as Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Green Lantern) occupies the director’s chair. Read More »

Briefly: A film version of one of the few action-oriented ’80s TV shows to escape new exploitation so far, The Fall Guy, is moving forward once more. Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale) is in “early talks” to direct the film. The script is by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who contributed to X-Men: First Class.

The 1981 series was Lee Majors’ follow-up to The Six Million-Dollar Man. Douglas Barr and popular ’80s pinup Heather Thomas co-starred in stories about a stunt man who works nights as a bounty hunter. (The big idea here in the wake of the 2011 summer season: make a version of Drive that could make money.) There was an economic aspect to the show, as Majors’ character needed to do the bounty hunter work to make ends meet. No word on casting yet, but the central role is one that any physically skilled guy could play. Hopefully the producers and Campbell will look to an actor that is over 30, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Hit the jump for the original opening to the show, if you’ve never seen it. Read More »

Green Lantern had a reasonable (not great) opening weekend but was otherwise a creative and financial dud. It is an example of that strange studio phenomenon: a film that manages to feel both over-written, with villains and setpieces seemingly cobbled together from different script drafts, and under-scripted, thanks to the total lack of sense behind most of the character actions. And audiences didn’t respond, once the marketing gave way to word of mouth? Shocker.

Because that opening weekend was north of $50m, Warner Bros. is still planning a sequel. What will the studio’s approach be this time? A solid script that establishes a story with logical and emotional drive and then embellishes it with action? Pfft. Why bother, when it can just be darker and edgier? (Or Dark Knight-ier, as the case may be.) Read More »

‘Green Lantern’ – What Did You Think?

I’m a huge fan of Martin Campbell. This is the guy who successfully rebooted the Bond franchise (twice), and brought a kickass version of Zorro to the big screen. A superhero film based on Green Lantern seemed like a bit of a stretch, but with Campbell’s action sensibilities and his ability to portray characters broadly yet compellingly, I was more than willing to give it a chance.

Green Lantern finally hits theaters today. Is it an action adventure on par with Casino Royale? Can Ryan Reynolds hold together an entire superhero film? Hit the jump and share your thoughts. Assume SPOILERS lie after the jump.
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