“There is a rights problem which I don’t understand because I’m not a lawyer,” Wein told Movie Web during the San Diego Comic-Con. “My wife could probably explain it, I can’t. (She is a lawyer). But we desperately want to make a new ’Swamp Thing’ movie. I’ve written a screenplay. Joel Silver is gung-ho to make it, to do it right… big-budget, CGI, the whole dance.”
“I know Akiva Goldsman wants to take my script, rewrite that and do something with it,” continued Wein. “We want to do a ’Swamp Thing’ movie. Once we figure out the rights problems, we will.”
Earlier this year, “Splice” director Vincenzo Natali expressed his interest in directing a “Swamp Thing” movie before he confirmed to MTV News that the film rights were not currently available.
“Joel Silver was going to do ’Swamp Thing,’ and he actually had a couple of scripts in, only to discover later on that the film rights were held by another company,” said Natali. “And it’s even more complicated than that, I’m told. So unfortunately, it’s not going to happen any time soon.”
Prior to that, Natali had expressed his admiration for the Alan Moore “Swamp Thing” run and indicated his desire to adapt that for the big screen.
“There are two incarnations of Swamp Thing — both of them are quite wonderful,” explained Natali. “The first one was by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, which was a more traditional sort of retake on classic, James Whale-style, Universal Studio horror films. Then Alan Moore reinvented the character in the early ’80s, and that’s actually the version that’s a little more interesting to me.”
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