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Green Lantern
Directed by Martin Campbell
Produced by Donald De Line
Greg Berlanti
Written by Screenplay:
Greg Berlanti
Michael Green
Marc Guggenheim
Michael Goldenberg
Characters:
Bill Finger
Martin Nodell
Starring Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively
Peter Sarsgaard
Mark Strong
Cinematography Dion Beebe
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) June 17, 2011 (2011-06-17)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million

Green Lantern is an upcoming superhero film based on the comic book of the same name appearing in DC Comics. The film will star Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, with Martin Campbell directing a script by Greg Berlanti and comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, which was subsequently rewritten by Michael Goldenberg. [1] Green Lantern will be released on June 17, 2011.

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Premise

A test pilot named Hal Jordan is granted a green power ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic police force called the Green Lantern Corps, tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

Cast

Production

Development

In early 1997, Warner Bros. approached cult filmmaker and comic book writer Kevin Smith, who had then just finished writing Superman Lives, to script a Green Lantern film. Smith turned down the offer, believing there were other suitable candidates to make a Green Lantern movie.[15] Warner Bros. eventually changed the direction of the film into that of a comedy; by June 2006, Robert Smigel had completed a script which was set to star Jack Black in the lead role. However, the studio dropped the comedy idea due to poor fan reaction on the Internet.[16] In an attempt to change the tone of Green Lantern to be taken more seriously, Zack Snyder was approached to direct, but he turned down the offer due to his commitment on Watchmen (2009).[17]

Actor-writer Corey Reynolds, a comic book fan and personal fan of the John Stewart character, pitched Warner Bros. an idea for a trilogy, with him starring as John Stewart and performing screenwriting duties. Reynolds intended to introduce Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern Corps and Justice League in possible sequels.[18] He finished the script for Green Lantern: Birth of a Hero in June 2007, receiving positive feedback from Warner Bros. with a potential 2010 release date.[19] However, the studio abandoned Reynolds' concept, and in October 2007, Greg Berlanti signed to direct/co-write the film. The decision was made to have Hal Jordon as the protagonist instead of John Stewart. Comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim were hired to co-script the film with Berlanti.[20]

Berlanti, Green and Guggenheim found it difficult writing the script because two of their drafts of the screenplay had been leaked on the Internet during the scripting phase. Guggenheim explained that the characterizations of the Denny O'Neil/Neal Adams run on the comic in the 1970s, and Dave Gibbons' work in the early 1980s, will be portrayed in the film. The writers also took inspiration from the current Geoff Johns stories. "It’s been interesting because we finished a draft just before Secret Origin (ISBN 9781401219901), Geoff’s latest arc, started up," Guggenheim observed in June 2008. "So I’ve been reading Secret Origin with a real interest in seeing "OK, how did Geoff solve this problem?’ There are certain elements just for anyone trying to retell Hal’s origin for a modern day audience has to address and grapple with," he continued. "For example, why the hell was Abin flying in a space ship when he’s a Green Lantern? You don’t ask that question back in the Silver Age, but when you’re writing in the Modern Age, you have to answer these things."[21] The script also features Martin Jordan, Carl Ferris, Carol Ferris, Thomas Kalmaku, Tomar-Re, Abin Sur, Sinestro, Kilowog, the Guardians of the Universe, Legion and Hector Hammond as well as cameos by Guy Gardner and Clark Kent.[22] The story follows the original Hal Jordan/Green Lantern storyline, including the battle between Legion and Abin Sur, Abin Sur's crash landing on Earth, as well as the choosing of Hal Jordan over Guy Gardner and Clark Kent.[22] Some parts are drawn from the Emerald Dawn mini-series.[22]

Pre-production

By December 2008, the writers had written three drafts of the screenplay and Warner Bros. was preparing for pre-production.[23] However, Berlanti was forced to vacate the director's position due to scheduling conflicts with This Is Where I Leave You.[24] In February 2009 it was reported that Martin Campbell is set to direct the film, replacing Berlanti, who will instead produce alongside Donald De Line.[25] De Line stated in a recent interview that he hopes shooting will begin in Spring 2009.[26] However, later reports show filming to begin in mid-September.[27] In April 2009 it was reported that Warner Bros. has decided to shoot the film at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, and was given a $150 million budget, however as of October 2009 it will no longer be filmed in Australia but has instead moved the majority of first unit filming to Louisiana.[28] It was announced in July 2009 that Ryan Reynolds had been cast as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.[2] In January 2010, visual effects supervisor Karen Goulekas stated on her blog that the film has just officially been green lighted and thus filming will start sometime in March.[29] It was also reported that Hal Jordan's love interest, Carol Ferris, would be played by Blake Lively. Carol ultimately will become the villain Star Sapphire, although there's no word whether there might be some hint of that in the first movie.[9] Later that same month, it was revealed that Peter Sarsgaard would portray Hector Hammond[11] and that Mark Strong was in negotiations to play Sinestro.[12] Also in January 2010 concept art for Kilowog, Abin Sur, and Tomar-Re surfaced. [30] On February 9, 2010 Tim Robbins joind the cast as Senator Hammond, the disapproving father of Hector Hammond.[13] On March 14, 2010, it was announced that Temuera Morrison and Taika Waititi had joined the cast as Abin Sur and Tom "Pieface" Kalmaku, respectively. [14]

Filming

On March 3, 2010 it was reported that test footage was filmed in Madisonville, Louisiana involving stunt cars.[31] Principal photography began on Monday March 15, 2010 in New Orleans.[32]

Effects

In an interview with MTV News, director Martin Campbell when asked about the film's effects-heavy epic scale commented; "It's daunting, just the process, (there are) something like 1,300 visual effects shots, it's mind-blowing, quite honestly".[33] When asked about the constructs created from the power rings Campbell stated; "One of the nice things is, we'll all sit down and say, 'Well, what are we going to do here?' Really, it's as much as your imagination can go to make the constructs".[34] The studio also confirmed to MTV News that the film will have a 3-D release.[35]

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