The LA Times sat down with Akiva Goldsman and got him to talk about the many projects he’s working on that will make you nervous/upset, including Lobo and Swamp Thing.
Goldsman gives updates on current projects like Jonah Hex and The Losers, but the real news is the stuff that’s coming up. On Lobo:
“There’s something hyperbolic and authentic about a Guy Ritchie movie. His best movie are deeply, deeply stylized yet they are all grounded; there’s a grit of stylization, which sounds like an oxymoron but it makes perfect sense when you’ve seen his films.”
Goldsman added: “We’ve never seen Guy’s sensibility married to a project with such a large special effects budget. “
Goldsman said Ritchie will shoot a test scene in November — “We’ve got the character design pretty much done,” Goldsman said, “and the test will get us moving forward to the next step” — and casting will be decided after that.
As for Swamp Thing:
Then there’s “Swamp Thing,” which Goldsman said will be closer in tone to the character as presented in Alan Moore’s eerie, metaphysical horror comics than the rubber-suit bog creature from the 1982 Wes Craven B-movie.
“We want a film with real Southern, dark horror overtones, a little bit like a classic Universal horror film,” Goldsman said, knowing full well that his presence on the project will stir controversy — it’s a character that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has called one of the “few remaining Holy Grails” in comics.