One of the stranger comic book to movie adaptations that has been rumoured for a while now is a live action version of Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen’s Lobo. The badass alien bounty hunter was originally created as a parody of ultra-violent comic book characters in the ’80s and gained popularity throughout the ’90s. Earlier this year it was believed that Joel Silver and Warner Brothers were finally moving forward with the property, and now we actually have confirmation that a director has been named.
According to THR’s Heat Vision blog, Guy Ritchie will be taking the reins on this project, replacing Doug Liman who had been attached previously. The script was penned by The Simpsons writer Don Payne (My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer). Something tells me this isn’t the right creative team to handle Lobo. I know Guy Ritchie can direct rapid-fire action sequences and edgy comedy just fine, but this sounds like it will end up being a bit too middle of the road. A Lobo movie really needs to push the envelope. What do you think, is Guy Ritchie a good choice?
To get an idea of what a Lobo feature film might look like, check out the short film The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special, directed by Scott Leberecht as part of the AFI’s director’s studies program, after the jump.