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'Green Lantern' Film Moves Forward, Details Revealed

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Posted June 15, 2009 - By Joseph Baxter

'Green Lantern' Film Moves Forward, Details RevealedDirector, Martin Campbell's $150 million monster, Green Lantern seems to be moving forward. In an interview with Sci-Fi, screenwriter, Marc Guggenheim reveals some details (albeit minor) about the upcoming comic adaptation. According to Guggenheim, a new draft of the script has been submitted, (which was collaborated by himself along with Michael Green and the film's previous director, Greg Berlanti.) With the production expected to be based in Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, the film in itself, will provide their nation with a much-needed stimulus package (topical satire, don't you just feel smart, already?)

For those pondering the inevitable questions about the film's direction, Guggenheim has revealed that it will indeed, be based on the Hal Jordan, the version of Green Lantern established by DC in the Silver Age of comics, and will also focus on the famed Green Lantern Corps. Unfortunately, while he was unable to reveal much more than that, he did emphasize on the creative intentions that their team had for the project.

"You know I really can't [say anything], I've sworn a blood oath of secrecy in relation to the project. But, you know, the thing I can tell you is that it is a very loving and respectful approach. The goal here is to do the best cinematic representation of the Green Lantern character. You know, there's no desire on anyone's part to completely change the character and just call this other character Green Lantern and try to ... draft off the name recognition. This is all about 'How do we bring the best version of this character to the silver screen?'"

It's not completely unfeasible to put the Green Lantern story on the big screen, or in any kind of live-action context, for that matter. (Which makes it kind of odd that it has yet to be done.) As a film, it could fall into the paradigm of "an ordinary man who has an unlikely encounter, is given great power, and now has been thrust into an existence having the heavy responsibility of saving the galaxy." (Which could be a combination of any superhero film, with the 1984 classic, The Last Starfighter.) However, in the comics, Hal Jordan was a Test Pilot (hardly an "ordinary Joe" with which people can identify.) So, that leads us to the question of whether or not the key points of the characters or plot will have to be altered. Is he going to be a Test Pilot or an Accountant? A Tony Stark or a Peter Parker? According to Guggenheim:

"We've drawn heavily from ... a lot of different sources in terms of the comic books. ... The character ... is several decades old, so ... we've really had an incredible amount of source material to cherry-pick from."

Based on that, it seems like there isn't much intention to alter anything. However, I don't think many would complain if they deviated a bit from the canon, if it was interfering with the flow of the film. You may see a lot of "casual geeks" walking around the streets in those green t-shirts with the Green Lantern symbol on the chest. However, I seriously doubt there are enough people who are THAT connected with Hal Jordan's origin story, where some changes in the film would hurt.

Finally, regarding the rumors of the supposed casting of Bradley Cooper or Chris Pine for the starring role, Guggenheim has said "They're all false." Although, he would follow:

"I mean, they're all false insofar as we haven't chosen anyone yet. They're still in the negotiations, you know? There's a lot of names being talked about, and there's a lot of people being met, and a lot of ... actors reading the script. But if you read online [that] Pauly Shore's been cast as Hal Jordan, I can guarantee you we have not cast anyone."

Hey! Pauly Shore's groundbreaking performance in In The Army Now, showed that he has what takes to be an action star! So there you have it, folks. "The Weasel" has been screwed once again!

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