‘Swamp Thing’ And ‘Sgt. Rock’ Movies Remain In Limbo, Says Producer

It’s been a while since we heard anything regarding the hinted-at plans for new films based on DC’s “Swamp Thing” and “Sgt. Rock” comic books. And while that sort of radio silence can sometimes mean good things are afoot behind the scenes, that doesn’t seem to be the case for these two projects.

MTV News recently spoke with “Swamp Thing” and “Sgt. Rock” producer Joel Silver during the press junket for his latest film, “Unknown,” and got an update of sorts on the two projects.

“I don’t know, there are rights issues with Swamp Thing,” Silver told MTV News when asked if we’ll ever see the 3-D “Swamp Thing” movie he hinted at back in August 2009. “I’m not sure if we could clear that up but we’re always working on something. We like the idea of making a 3-D version of that story, but it’s not something we can do right now.”

Silver expressed similar uncertainty when asked about plans for “Sgt. Rock,” which seemed like it was on the fast track to the big screen back in 2008 when “Sherlock Holmes” producer Guy Ritchie was attached to direct. After Ritchie departed for the “Holmes” sequel later that year, “I Am Legend” helmer Francis Lawrence and a new screenwriter were attached to the project.

There’s been little news since that time for the long-developing film, though Silver indicated that the story would unfold in the not-too-far future instead of Sgt. Rock’s original World War II setting.

“We were driving down the road at one point, and then not,” said Silver, summarizing the last few, on-again, off-again years of “Sgt. Rock” development. “Look, these things are there, and sometimes they come about, and sometimes they don’t, but it’s hard to talk about them until they’re real movies.”

Do you still want to see these films? What sort of “Swamp Thing” or “Sgt. Rock” movies do you want to see? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter! You can also follow me, Splash Page editor Rick Marshall, on Twitter!

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