Thus far in his feature career, director Brad Peyton has found himself making movies for little kids. The filmmaker started in 2010 with the dreadful Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and just a few months ago, his sophomore effort, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, found its way into theaters. Having seen both of those films, I must admit that I'm scratching my head over the news that Peyton has been brought on to both helm a film based on the DC Comics character Lobo.
Deadline says that Warner Bros. is giving the project another go and in addition to having Peyton direct, he will also re-write an existing script. A few years back Guy Ritchie was hired to guide the project into development, however, he was forced to abandon his plans so that he could make Sherlock Holmes 2. Though first created in the early 80s by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, Lobo didn't become a popular character until the 90s when he was revived as an interstellar, anti-hero biker mercenary. Both Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are on-board to produce the project, though the new report doesn't mention what they are targeting in terms of production start or release dates.
Given Lobo's darker edge - he's been said to basically be DC's answer to Wolverine - Ritchie would have been a solid fit for the character, but the choice of Peyton is kind of a mystery. The filmmaker did just manage to make Warner Bros. a ton of money (Journey 2 made over $300 million at the international box office), so perhaps that played a role in the decision. But what do you think? Are you happy that Brad Peyton will be the guy to bring Lobo to the big screen? Let us know in the comments section below.
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