Warner Bros. Buys Lore For Dwayne Johnson
Following an intense bidding war in which four studios faced off over the rights to Ashley Wood's legend-inspired graphic novel Lore, it was Warner Bros. who came out on top. Looking to capitalize on the booming trend of reimagined folklore, Warner Bros. put forth a seven-figure offer to Mad Chance and Circle of Confusion, which co-purchased the rights from Wood and his wife and collaborator T.P. Louise back in 2010. Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar and Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs are still on board to produce, while the comic's creator will serve as executive producer.
Adapted by Priest screenwriter Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott, the story centers on a secret group of guardians called Shepherds who protect mankind from the beasts of myth and legend. With a premise similar to Men in Black, Warner Bros. looks set to create a sprawling PG-13 adventure from the book, and who better than the family friendly action-star Dwayne Johnson to front it? Deadline reports the studio bought Lore as a vehicle for Johnson, and it sounds like a good fit.
While Johnson may not have the best taste when it comes to movie projects, he does possess an irrepressible screen presence and charm that make him fun to watch no matter what's happening around him. And with the scribe of Priest teamed with the high hopes of Warner Bros. and a concept that could include a wide array of wild monsters, it sounds like Lore could be downright bonkers. However, it's worth noting that the production companies who first developed Lore are typically known for grittier comic fare. Mad Chance made 2010's Jonah Hex, while Circle of Confusion spawned AMC's The Walking Dead. So though the action may get wild, it's likely its style will be brooding.
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