Having completed film treatment on "The Flash" along with co-writers Greg Berlanti and Michael Green, comic and TV scribe Marc Guggenheim is wasting no momentum. The “Green Lantern” co-writer has already started “talking about” plans for “Green Lantern 2.”
It’s previously been reported that the sequel to the Ryan Reynolds-helmed DC super flick was being written by playwright Michael Goldenberg.
"We've turned in the treatment for ‘Flash,'" Guggenheim told Newsarama, “and we’re talking about ‘Green Lantern 2’.”
Back in mid-August, Variety reported that Warner Bros. had hired playwright Michael Goldenberg (“Where The Wild Things Are”) to turn in the script for “Green Lantern 2”. Goldenberg performed a rewrite for the first "Green Lantern" movie, which had just wrapped production at the time. Now that the writing phase of “The Flash” is complete, Guggenheim may be free to help in forming a preliminary-stage script for the “Lantern” sequel. He was, after all, hired back in June to co-write the outlines for both “Flash” and “Green Lantern 2”.
Despite the rumors, any real work on “Green Lantern 3”, he says, remains far in the distance. "I think where that came out of was, when Greg Berlanti originally pitched the movie to Warner Bros., he pitched three movies. So there's always been, and he's said this publicly, that there's always been enough story for a trilogy," Guggenheim said. "The scope of the character and the character's world requires that. But we're really just focusing on the treatment for 'Green Lantern 2'."
As for "The Flash", at this early stage there's absolutely no plan for a sequel. But can that really ever be said about a comic book movie?
"I think it's very hard to talk about these characters in a closed-ended, sort of non-sequel way," Guggenheim said, "especially characters like The Flash and Green Lantern, which have such rich, long histories. You can't help but talk about the characters and go, 'Oh, I really want to do the movie where we get to this moment, or that moment.' So you're always talking in terms of sequels, but no, nothing's planned. We haven't even written the script yet for 'The Flash'. It's very much one step at a time for 'The Flash'. But it's terrific that people are talking along these lines," Guggenheim said of fan's predictions. "I think that talk really comes out of the great amount of faith and the movie and the optimistic feeling about it. So I think that's only a good thing."
If Guggenheim’s elated assessment of the now post-production “Green Lantern” is correct, it’s no surprise the studio is gearing up as quickly as possible for the film’s sequels. "I went down to New Orleans two months ago to see some of the ‘Green Lantern’ filming, and I got to see a whole bunch of things in connection with the movie," Guggenheim disclosed. "In all honesty, I was completely blown away. I don't think it dawned on me how huge this movie would be until I went down to New Orleans and really saw everything that I saw. It was incredibly eye-opening. I was really rendered speechless. There's just no way for me to put it to words, just how huge this movie is going to be."
"Green Lantern" is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2011
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