Guy Ritchie is directing Lobo

LoboHot on the heals of their Deadman announcement, Warner Bros. let loose the news today that it has signed Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie to helm an effects-heavy live-action film starring Lobo, the foul-mouthed, foul-tempered, ultra-violent interstellar bounty hunter. It will be Ritchie’s next film after Holmes opens this Christmas, with production on Lobo slated for early next year.

Don Payne wrote the most recent draft of the script, which will depict Lobo as “a seven-foot tall, blue-skinned, indestructible and heavily muscled anti-hero who drives a pimped out motorcycle, and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc. Lobo teams with a small town teenaged girl to stop the creatures.”

Considering the whole “interstellar” angle with Lobo, the Earth-bound setting is a little odd, but it’s most likely to keep the budget down, and if the film is a success, we’ll get to see Lobo really run amok in the galaxy in (say it with me) the sequel.

There’s a catch to this whole thing, though: the bastiches at WB are aiming for a PG-13 rating.

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 14:49 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by trevoramueller
    on 2009-09-02 at 17:06
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    Of course, they want to maximize butts in seats – and the best way to do that is with a PG-13 rating!

    The plot sounds kind of terrible, but it could be worse…it could take place in the Arctic with two hot and humid-loving aliens battling and humans just so happen to be there at the same time….

  2. Written by vaderwalks
    on 2009-09-02 at 17:42
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    This made me want to cry for joy, up until I saw the PG-13 comment…then it made me want to cry for a different reason.

  3. Written by Donlogan
    on 2009-09-02 at 18:59
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    There's no need to get worried; Spawn was PG-13 and it wasn't…oh, shit, nevermind.

    The good news is that studios seem to listen to massive public feedback, but only on occasion. Perhaps, if people bitch enough about PG-13 Lobo, they may decide to bump up the rating. Or they will just tell the fans to shut the fuck up, let the movie tank, and wait five years to “reboot the franchise.”

    The good news: it can't be any worse than Swept Away or Revolver.

    The bad news: It could be just as bad as both of those films.

  4. Written by jimiphoenix
    on 2009-09-02 at 19:04
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    I don't get how they'd sell Lobo without altering the character from a Heroic Sociopath to a Loveable Rogue (I need to stop spending my spare time browsing tvtropes.org). How will an unredeemable character fly with a PG-13 crowd, when that rating precludes the kind of lowbrow humour that made the character popular in the first place?

    Lobo always kind of bugged me after he became what he was intended to parody (that awful OTT 90s comic antihero archetype — thanks a lot Rob Liefeld).

  5. Written by gmcalpin
    on 2009-09-03 at 01:27
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    It occurred to me that most of Lobo's swear words were fake (i.e. bastiches) and only the megaviolence would really need to be toned down for this. With alien creature-types as his prey, they can get away with a little more gore than a typical PG-13 movie, and an R-rated (or unrated) director's cut could remedy that at least somewhat.

    Still, it should just be a full-on, relatively hard R-rated movie from the get-go.

  6. Written by Alex
    on 2009-09-03 at 03:36
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    The Story doesn't fit with the Lobo I know and love at all. The rating doesn't seem to work, either. Although the filthy language employed by Lobo was fictitious, the violence was quite outstanding, and certainly enough to earn an R-Rating. They have been stretching a lot more out of the PG-13 rating lately, but in this case I don't think they can stretch it enough to do the comic justice. Also, It just seems to fit for me that a movie about Lobo should include lots and lots of female breasts. All that being said, I think Guy Ritchie could do great things with the character, and quite possibly even do the character justice, assuming he had the aim to. I'd really like to see more characters from the comic than just the Main Man, but I'm not holding my breath on that one. I had a subscription to Lobo when I was 13, and I still have a huge stack of Lobo comics sitting on my bookshelf, so I've already begun preparing myself for the eventual disappointment I will experience when I go to see Lobo on opening day and there's no Jonas or Dawg or Goldstar.

    I'm calling my shot right now: Lobo will be played by Vinnie Jones.

  7. Written by snatreaper
    on 2009-09-03 at 08:12
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    Why oh why would they try to make a Lobo film that's PG-13. My only hope is that it's Dark Knight PG-13 as opposed to everything else that falls within that rating. Did studios learn nothing from Daredevil? For those that don't get my reference, see the R-rated Director's Cut (which is actually a coherent story, unlike the theatrical cut).

  8. Written by il_bicho
    on 2009-09-03 at 12:11
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    Truth be told, i'm not sure why all this fuzz about the rating, i mean thanks to the american comics code, the lobo we first met, and loved was either pg-13 or just PG, that he got eventually badder, well that's another thing; besides the latest die hard was pg-13 and it was pretty decent.

    and for the lead, like alex, i'm tempted on saying vinnie jones as well, but for some reason i think jasosn statman has a pretty good chance for the role too, plus seeing him wearing a huge wig to play lobo would be enough to justify seeing the film

  9. Written by vaderwalks
    on 2009-09-14 at 03:31
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    I think Vinnie Jones would be the better choice. Plus, Jason Statham is too short.

  10. Written by vaderwalks
    on 2009-09-14 at 07:31
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    I think Vinnie Jones would be the better choice. Plus, Jason Statham is too short.

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