The success of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island has clearly opened some doors for director Brad Peyton, and not just those leading towards a sequel. With a bona fide hit on his hands, he’s being offered various gigs and has clutched one tight to his directing bosom, with Warner Bros. setting him up to direct a movie based on DC Comics’ iconic troublemaker Lobo.
The greasy, long-haired and – oh, yes – interstellar type first appeared in the pages of Omega Man issue 3 way back in 1983, birthed by creators Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen as a riff on the likes of Wolverine. The blue-skinned, KISS-styled goon cropped up from time to time as a tough nut villain, though he was rarely well used.
But he saw a real revival in the 1990s, when he was dragged out of footnote limbo, dusted off and re-imagined as a bounty-hunter.
Peyton is not the first director who has attempted to bring the bounty hunter to the screen. The idea of a Lobo movie has been floating for years, but surfaced most recently in 2009, when Guy Ritchie was announced as taking him on in between Sherlock Holmes movies.
That never came to pass, and now Peyton, who, given his history (which also includes Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore) seems a definitely leftfield choice to direct, will get his shot. There’s no word on who will write the script and zero whispers on casting (feel free to suggest someone, folks!) but we do know Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are on to produce.