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Green Lantern

3/31/11 - Geoffrey Rush has been tapped to voice the role of Tomar-Re, a key member of the Green Lantern Corps in Warner Bros.'s Green Lantern, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Tomar-Re, in comics lore, was a scientist before joining the intergalactic police corps where he was instrumental in training new members. The character helps train Hal Jordan. 

 

6/25/10 – Variety reported that Jon Tenney has been cast opposite Ryan Reynolds to play his father in Warner Bros.' Green Lantern, currently shooting with Donald De Line producing and Martin Campbell directing.  Green Lantern, based on the Marvel comic book character, has been set for release next June 17. Angela Bassett, Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong are also starring. Greg Berlanti is also producing and wrote the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green.

 

6/10/10 - Green Lantern is a year away from release, but Warner Bros. already is starting development on a sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The studio has hired Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, all of whom worked on the "Lantern" screenplay, to write a treatment for the second installment.  The trio will also write the treatment for the silver-screen incarnation of The FlashLantern is shooting in New Orleans under the direction of Martin Campbell with Ryan Reynolds starring as the emerald ring-wielding DC Comics superhero who is part of an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.  Development on a second installment this far out from a movie's release date is rare, signaling the studio's confidence in what it sees so far.

 

4/7/10 - Mark Strong is speaking about his upcoming role as the villainous Sinestro in next year's Green Lantern movie, which he promises will be familiar to fans of the DC comics.  Speaking to USA Weekend, Strong said, “For anybody who's familiar with the Green Lantern and the origin story, the film closely follows the early comics. Sinestro starts out as Hal Jordan's mentor, slightly suspicious and not sure of him because obviously Hal is the first human being who's made into a Green Lantern. He's certainly very strict and certainly unsure of the wisdom of Hal becoming a Green Lantern," Strong says. "He is a military guy but isn't immediately bad. It's the kind of person he is that lends himself to becoming bad over the course of the comics being written, but initially he's quite a heroic figure."  Strong added that his costume and other aspects of the character will very closely follow the character's early days, including his widow's peak and thin mustache.

 

3/25/10 - Angela Bassett signed on to Green Lantern, according to Variety.  The actress will play government agent Dr. Amanda Waller.  She'll join a cast that features Ryan Reynolds in the title role as the DC comics hero, Blake Lively as love interest Carol Ferris, Peter Saarsgaard as the villainous Dr. Hector Hammond and Mark Strong as alien rival Sinestro.

 

3/15/10 - Temuera Morrison joins the cast of Green Lantern, along with filmmaker-actor Taika Waititi, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Waititi will play the best friend of Hal Jordan, the test pilot who wears the superpowered ring of the interplanetary police force known as the Green Lantern Corps, while Morrison will portray Abin Sur, the member of the Corps who is instrumental in Jordan becoming the superhero in the first place.  Production begins this week in New Orleans on the 3-D film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the DC superhero. The movie is set for a June 17, 2011, release.

 

2/22/10 - Newly named DC Entertainment executive Geoff Johns wrote that Mark Strong will indeed play the villainous Sinestro in the upcoming Green Lantern movie:  "Back from an amazing trip to Green Lantern town a.k.a. New Orleans!! Ryan IS Hal. And Mark Strong is going to be a brilliant Sinestro."

 

2/9/10 - In the upcoming Green Lantern movie, Tim Robbins will play Senator Hammond, the disapproving father of the movie's villain, Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), who becomes infused with psychic powers.  Robbins joins a cast led by Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern and Blake Lively as Carol Ferris. The movie is slated to begin shooting in New Orleans in March. Martin Campbell directs.

 

1/12/10 – The Hollywood Reporter reported that Peter Sarsgaard is in negotiations to play the villain in Green Lantern. Sarsgaard will play Dr. Hector Hammond, the pathologist son of a senator who is seen as a disappointment in his father's eyes. He becomes infused with psychic powers when he discovers a meteor. The character was created by John Broome and Gil Kane in the early 1960s. The movie is prepping for a March start in New Orleans, with Martin Campbell directing the Warner Bros. project.

 

1/11/10 - Blake Lively will play Ryan Reynolds' love interest in the superhero movie Green Lantern, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lively will play Carol Ferris, who runs her father's aerospace company and hires cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds), who later becomes the intergalactic policeman Green Lantern. In the DC Comics series, the romance became complicated when an alien race bestowed on her the power of a crystal called the Star Sapphire. The big-budget sci-fi movie is scheduled to shoot in Louisiana in March with an eye toward a June 17, 2011 release. Martin Campbell will direct the Warner Bros. project. The casting process will next turn its eye to the roles of Dr. Hector Hammond, one of the key villains, and the alien known as Sinestro.

 

7/13/09 - The Hollywood Reporter reported that Ryan Reynolds will play Hal Jordan. The film is being directed by Martin Campbell and produced by Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti.  Reynolds and his camp entered negotiations for the part Friday, after the studio held two rounds of screen tests, along with actors Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto. Justin Timberlake also did a screen test.  Reynolds will be the only one of the few actors to have played characters in both Marvel and DC films.  He recently appeared as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the character is in development for a spinoff movie.

 

7/10/09 - Variety reported speculation about whom director Martin Campbell and producers Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti have spent the past five months searching for to play Hal Jordan, the Air Force pilot who is chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns. This week, the race narrowed to Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake. The clock is ticking on the decision as the holding deal the studio had on the actors expired Monday, meaning the three are now free to accept other offers.  The studio ordered up two rounds of screen tests with Cooper, Reynolds and Timberlake. Other actors in the early mix included Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill and Jared Leto.  Variety also reported that the budget is quickly escalating, to between $150 million to $200 million or more.  The movie is eyeing a December 2010 release.

 

6/15/09 – SCI FI Wire reported that Marc Guggenheim said he has just completed a new draft of a proposed live-action Green Lantern movie, based on a script by him, Michael Green and Greg Berlanti.  "In fact, I'm ... delivering another draft today," Guggenheim said. "So it continues to move forward."  The film is expected to be directed by Martin Campbell, who stepped in for Berlanti, and is slated to begin production at Australia's Fox Studios in Sydney this summer for a release on June 17, 2011.  Guggenheim confirmed that his script will focus on Hal Jordan, based on the Silver Age DC Comics incarnation of the superhero, and how he became a member of the Green Lantern Corps.  Beyond that, Guggenheim remained tight-lipped.  As for the movie's source material, Guggenheim said, "We've drawn heavily from ... a lot of different sources in terms of the comic books. ... The character ... is several decades old, so ... we've really had an incredible amount of source material to cherry-pick from." Green Latern

 

5/21/09 – SCI FI Wire reported that Sol Romero, an actress and wife of Green Lantern director Martin Campbell, said she will have a role in her husband's movie, based on the DC Comics series of the same name.  "We're still in the casting process," revealed the actress. "So I really can't talk about who I'm playing yet. But I personally think the movie is going to be bigger than any other comic movies, like Spider-Man."  Romero previously appeared in a small role in Casino Royale and will be seen next in Campbell's upcoming Edge of Darkness, based on the British TV miniseries.  Rumored to have a $150 million budget, The Green Lantern will shoot in Australia and is expected in theaters on June 17, 2011.  "There is really going to be a lot of action and entertainment" in Green Lantern, Romero said. "I think that is what we need now: a lot of action, entertainment and happy movies where we can have a good time."

 

5/7/09 - With no lead officially cast in Martin Campbell's Green Lantern movie, Warner Brothers has pushed the film's release back six months, to June 17, 2011, from Dec. 17, 2010, BoxOfficeMojo reported.  It's not clear whether this will affect plans to begin shooting in Australia in September.

 

4/16/09 - Warner Brothers' and DC Comics' next big-budget feature, Green Lantern, will be made at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, New South Wales premier Nathan Rees announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Preproduction on Green Lantern is set to begin in July, and filming scheduled to start in November. Warner hopes to release the film in December 2010.  Martin Campbell will be at the helm of the comic book's big-screen adaptation, working from a script by Greg Berlanti and Michael Green. Donald Deline will produce, with a reported budget of $150 million.

 

3/9/09 - Producer Donald De Line talked with ComingSoon.net about his long-in-development movie based on the DC Comics character Green Lantern, which just had its release date set for Dec. 17, 2010.  "Our story is the Hal Jordan origin story, but creating the character of Hal Jordan that is a real character that will resonate with the fanbase is what we need to do," said De Line. "You have to make him credible and somebody to care about and tell a good story, and I think if we do that we'll be okay."  De Line denied rumors about deliberately going younger with Hal Jordan, something that came out of bogus stories about Anton Yelchin auditioning. "Not really, late '20s, early '30s," he said.

 

2/19/09 - Michael Green, who is co-writing the upcoming film adaptation of DC Comics' Green Lantern, told reporters that the film is moving forward.  "Green Lantern seems to be moving ahead," Green said. "I love the material. I was fortunate enough to get to adapt something that I've loved for a long time."  Greg Berlanti wrote the script with Marc Guggenheim and Green. Donald DeLine will produce with Berlanti.

 

2/5/09 - Warner Brothers is negotiating with Martin Campbell to direct Green Lantern, the live-action film based on the DC Comics hero, Variety reported.  The emergence of Campbell puts Green Lantern at the top of the list of DC properties being set for movie treatment by Warner. Greg Berlanti wrote the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. Donald DeLine will produce with Berlanti.  While the studio is hoping director Chris Nolan will follow its 2008 smash The Dark Knight with another Batman film, DC projects such as Superman and Justice League were expected to happen quickly, but have stalled.  Another hot DC property is Jonah Hex, starring Josh Brolin as a disfigured gunslinger in a film that begins production in April, directed by Jimmy Heyward.

 

10/30/07 - Warner Brothers has set Greg Berlanti to direct Green Lantern, a live-action take on the DC Comics superhero.  Berlanti will write the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. Donald De Line will produce; Andrew Haas is executive producer.  Green Lantern was created in 1940. Hal Jordan, a second-generation test pilot, is an ordinary man who has been charged with defending a sector of the universe.

 

 

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