Inside DC's Aborted WILD WILD WEST Title (and How WILL SMITH Inadvertently Killed the Project)

Wild Wild West
Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Butch Guice (DC)

Artist Butch Guice has pulled back the curtain on an aborted DC adaptation of the 1999 Wild Wild West reboot. Guice was paired with writers Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty to adapt the film - but they were stopped when, just halfway into drawing the first issue, DC allegedly discovered that the movie's star Will Smith declined to sign off his likeness rights for the project.

"As best as I recall, I believe roughly the first eight to 12 pages of the assignment had been completed when word arrived from on high to immediately stop. It seems in the rush to get the work underway it had gone unnoticed by those who keep track of such things that the star of the movie, Will Smith, had failed to sign the contract allowing his likeness to be used in the comic," Guice wrote on Facebook.

Credit: Butch Guice (DC)
Credit: Butch Guice (DC)

"Long story short, Smith ultimately chose not to sign the deal and DC chose to cancel the project in mid-stride, obviously hesitant to release a movie tie-in with the lead character in the comic looking distinctly different from the star of the same film."

Guice said that he was paid for the completed work.

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