Even though the first film, “The Green Lantern” was a financial and an all round box office disappointment for Warner Bros., are they willing to try it again?
Rumors are flying that a new “Green Lantern 2” is in the works, albeit with some major changes. While the talk around the fan clubs has been that “Green Lantern 2” will be released in 2014, it was a bit of a surprise to some folks at Warner Bros.
Jeff Bewkes, CEO for Time Warner, has a different outlook on the film.
It did not live up to expectations – fell fairly far short of those.
Bewkes told the Hollywood Reporter that he wasn’t ruling out a second film added to the “Green Lantern” series, however he wasn’t in a position at this time to be considering one. He went on to say that the company will be deciding that in due course, but he wasn’t giving up on the idea of a sequel.
While “Green Lantern” fans were hoping for a better sequel than the previous letdown, it seems the fan base will simply have to wait. There are those who are true fans who tend to disagree with the critics. Once you are a fan of the character, it’s difficult to find any flaws.
The rumors were boasting a new movie and a good one this time, at that. It seems the Warner Bros. Film Group President, Jeff Robinov gave insight into the film:
We had a decent opening of $53 million, so we learned there is an audience. To go forward, we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…and we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.
Reports claim that it cost Warner Bros. a little above $300 million to create. The box office money simply didn’t make up for the money spent. The film bombed here in the United States, with a total of $114 million. Overseas? The film ranged around $40 million.
The “Green Lantern 2” allegedly has an outline of the film’s plot already written up by the original group of Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim. Warner Bros. knows that to make it all work this time around, they would need to make changes – big changes – or start all over again to include the elements that make a film work.
Martin Campbell was the director of the first film. Apparently, many are pointing the blame finger at him for the bombing of the first “Green Lantern” movie. Warner Bros. could have caught on with the director’s repertoire of “Goldeneye,” “The Mask of Zorro,” and “Casino Royale.” All three were films that were enjoyed by many but were left void of good action. The full-on sci-fi major films just don’t seem to be his forte.
There is other talk of the film being released on July 25, 2014 as an international release. “Green Lantern: Mixed Emotions” is the title that it’s listed under.
However, as of August 27, 2012, the film was not set in stone for any release. The “Green Lantern 2” is being discussed and redeveloped.
With all the confusion and rumors, let’s hope this “Green Lantern 2” film (if it comes out) is a movie to bust all movies. When a stronger decision has been made on the film, this will be updated.