CATEGORIES Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Warner Brothers, RumorMonger, Newsstand, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Movie News, CinematicalHere's a project you can file under "That might be pretty cool, I guess" although I can certainly think of a thousand things that could go wrong with it. The scoop-hunters at Collider chatted with producer-of-a-thousand-projects Joel Silver, who let slip about someone he'd like to revive: Swamp Thing. "I'm developing a picture now that I'd like to do ... I'll hopefully do Swamp Thing, which is a movie we've had for a long time. We think that would be great to do in 3D." Silver later amended the comment to a "maybe" so it's not time to yell or scream too much, as it is just a whisper at this point.
Forget the Wes Craven movie or its ill-advised sequel. If you hang around a comic shop long enough, you'll hear Swamp Thing discussed in hushed and revered tones. Once upon a time, he was merely a B-movie kind of hero, a plant man who fought evil and sought the murderers of his wife while trying to find a cure for his condition. Then DC handed him to Alan Moore with a "Yeah, do whatever you want, the book isn't selling" and Swamp Thing became a member of "the Green," a defender of the environment, and a member of the Parliament of Trees. In characteristic Moore style, the character became loaded with mythology, spiritualism, and history. Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, and Brian K. Vaughan have all expanded upon the character in the years since, and other DC characters were wrapped up in his leafy mythology, notably John Constantine, Poison Ivy, and Neil Gaiman's Black Orchid.
Obviously, there's a lot of comic continuity a new movie could draw on, so it's difficult to say if Silver's immediately thinking of Moore's storyline or the earlier, simple stuff that Wes Craven adapted. Given Moore's undying popularity with Hollywood and the fact that he made the character and his series so popular again, I can't imagine they would opt for anything else.
Now, we all know how Moore adaptations usually go, so let's think about the 3D possibilities instead. I remain skeptical of the whole phenomenon, but this is one I actually could see being rather incredible. Imagine if Moore's story could be adapted well, cast and directed perfectly, and the Parliament of Trees rendered all full and lush in 3D. It'd be terrifying, beautiful, and worth the extra ticket money.
What do you think?