The Green Lantern movie appears to have gotten a green light and may begin filming in a couple months.
After months of little or no news about the Warner Bros. film, Superhero Hype spotted an item on visual effects supervisor Karen Goulekas' blog that said Green Lantern was greenlit and will start filming in March.
The news isn't official, and the original blog post has since been removed (the post was allegedly here). But if it turns out to be true, it would be the first solidly positive news fans have heard since Ryan Reynolds was announced in the lead role of Hal Jordan six months ago.
Originally set to begin filming in September last year in Australia, those plans were later scrapped by Warner because of the weak U.S. dollar. Shooting was moved to New Orleans, although no plans had been announced for filming to begin.
Helmed by director Casino Royale's Martin Campbell, the movie has a reported budget of $150 million. Currently scheduled for a 2011 release, Green Lantern tells the story of ring-wielding superhero Hal Jordan in a script written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green.
Guggenheim, who recently left the writing staff of ABC Television show FlashForward, is also the upcoming writer on Action Comics for DC, while Green recently co-wrote the company's Superman/Batman title and is now writing the relaunch of the Fantastic Four film franchise for Marvel Studios. Guggenheim told Newsarama in 2008 that because the writers are involved with comics, the script is "not only a respectful approach to the character, but it's a loving approach to the entire mythos."
"It's a fan's take. We are all huge fans of the character," Green told Newsarama. "Hal Jordan is interesting because there have been a lot of incarnations, but he does have this indomitable will. One of the other fun things about Green Lantern is this idea that you are joining something bigger and larger than itself."
In comics, Hal Jordan is a pilot who is given a powerful ring and its lantern-shaped battery after discovering a spaceship crashed on Earth. He replaces the ship's alien pilot as a member of an interstellar corps of heroes who enforce justice with their green energy-emitting rings.
The movie is expected to include other alien members of the Green Lantern Corps, with writers mentioning characters like Sinestro and Kilowog in an interview with Newsarama in May.
Green Lantern is also expected to set up a series of shared universe films that link various DC characters to one another in film, similar to how Marvel's Iron Man and Incredible Hulk movies set up the concept of The Avengers film, which is slated for release in May 2012.