By Dave Campbell | September 1, 2009
Producer Joel Silver, best known for producing Die Hard, the Lethal Weapon series, and The Matrix series, is planning a new Swamp Thing 3D project for the big screen.
“I’m developing a picture now that I’d like to do…I’ll hopefully do Swamp Thing, which is a movie we’ve had for a long time. We think that would be great to do in 3D. There are a couple of projects I’m thinking about (for the format) but not everything. I’m maybe going to do it. I like it.” said Silver.
The fictional character of Swamp Thing was created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson in 1971 for the July issue of House of Secrets in the DC Comics Universe. Swamp Thing is a plant elemental or humanoid mass of vegetation, caused by an accident that chemically altered scientist Alex Olsen. He battles evil terrorists and supernatural foes to protect his home in the swamp and any other environmental threat.
As the original comic series lost sales and popularity Alan Moore of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen fame took Swamp Thing in a new direction as “a plant that dreamed it was a man”, which gave the character a massive cult following.
A previous Swamp Thing film franchise began almost three decades ago with Wes Craven’s 1982 Swamp Thing starring Ray Wise and Adrienne Barbeau, and 1989’s extremely campy and delayed sequel The Return of the Swamp Thing in 1989, starring Dick Durock and Heather Locklear. The USA network and Universal also produced the live action television series Swamp Thing from 1990 to 1993, and DiC Entertainment produced the animated series which ran on FOX Kids in 1991.
To make Swamp Thing work as a current film, might I suggest to Silver and the execs at DC/Warner Bros to hire David S. Goyer to write the thing and Weta Workshop to handle the effects. Your work is ahead of you, now get crackin’!