Green Lantern 2 still on the cards?

News Simon Brew 3 Aug 2011 - 06:18
Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern

The first film is nowhere near making a profit. But Warner Bros still seems keen on bringing Ryan Reynolds back for Green Lantern 2...

In a summer where many big films have managed to win both critical and commercial success, one of the few that didn’t was Green Lantern.

The DC Comics adaptation, starring Ryan Reynolds, was a costly beast for Warner Bros, with the bill for the negative alone coming in at around $200m. Yet, off the back of discouraging reviews, the Martin Campbell-helmed project has taken $114m in the US, and only $40m outside of America.

Given the amount of money Warner Bros spent on marketing alone, believed to be a further $200m, that’s a poor result. Especially when it’s the non-American box office take that’s been powering films to massive box office returns this summer. (Over three quarters of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ revenue was made outside of the US.)

So, those plans for Green Lantern 2 must be dead in the water, then?

Not so. For Warner Bros’ Jeffrey Robinov reckons the studio is still onto something with Green Lantern (off the back of its $53m US opening weekend), and he’s still planning a second film.

Talking to the Los Angeles Times, Robinov, the Warner Bros film group president, said that “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a way to balance the time the movie spends in space versus on Earth.”

It’s also believed that Warner Bros will dispense with the services of director Martin Campbell for a second film. Even though Campbell has an option for a sequel, the studio apparently wasn’t best pleased with his work.

We’ll bring you more news on Green Lantern 2 as we hear it. In the meantime, you can read the Los Angeles Times piece here.

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