Len Wein On A New Swamp Thing Movie

The legendary co-creator of several X-Men including Wolverine, as well as countless other Marvel and DC properties spoke to Movieweb at SDCC. He spoke about the Swamp Thing movie which is currently in limbo, and how much he and others are working towards getting it off the ground..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 8/2/2010
We have heard from several directors and producers about their love for this character, and how much they would love to get a new movie into production..well add one more! Only this time its co-creator of several of fandom's most cherished characters, Len Wein.






Wein says that he is sure we will see the movie at some point. That there is a rights problem that he doesn't know too much about, but "We desperately want to make a new Swamp Thing". He says that he has written a script and that Producer Joel Silver is "Gung-ho to do it right, big budget, CG, the whole thing..". Akiva Goldsman will apparently re-work Wein's script, and he says once they work out the rights problems, they WILL make Swamp Thing.


Ok, This sounds a lot more promising than the last update we had on this. Of course, those issues with the rights aren't going away on their own. I just hope that everything works out and we get a proper version of this great character on-screen. Not that the other movies weren't fun, but they are a million miles away from The Earth Elemental introduced in Alan Moore's run, which by all accounts this movie would adapt.



Source: movieweb.com
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Anthrax - 8/2/2010, 10:50 AM
holy shit batman this is actually moving foward just like deadpool awesome.:D.
Anthrax - 8/2/2010, 10:51 AM
nice find though fist blocker!or whatever
peterparker420 - 8/2/2010, 11:26 AM
Swamp Thing rocks my FOX in SOCKS!

ROR- Have I mentioned latly you look like a right
sexy bitch in you'r new avatar! LOL!

patriautism - 8/2/2010, 11:27 AM
Mickey Rourke is perfect.
Paint him green and he IS The Swamp Thing.
I also think Alan Moore should play Grigori Rasputin.
LEEE777 - 8/2/2010, 11:34 AM
We need [frick]ing SWAMP THING... like now!

CGI a must!!!
RedDevil - 8/2/2010, 11:39 AM
YESS!!!!!!!!
KeithM - 8/2/2010, 11:43 AM
"Akiva Goldsman will apparently re-work Wein's script"

Does that sentence not fill anyone else with the same dread it does me?

The guy who also wrote Batman & Robin, the Da Vinci Code and produced Constantine and Jonah Hex?

Love the idea, but very concerned about what Goldsman will change to make it more 'Hollywood'.

kooldeath - 8/2/2010, 11:56 AM
Why does everyone want a swamp thing movie??..He's just a big plant. I never like him or man-thing(marvels version) cause it's cheesey. I mean there is one good thing that came out of the books..The John Constantine character. Other then that he's a plant. This doesnt deserve a big budget movie..because it's gonna bomb like Jonah Hex.
RorMachine - 8/2/2010, 11:59 AM
PP, thanks darling!

Kooldeath..Is that really all you think of him? did you actually read the comics or just look at the pictures?:)
SoulAllFlush - 8/2/2010, 12:03 PM
A Swamp Thing series of films, maybe just a trilogy - would be awesome. A Birth to Godhood story.
RedDevil - 8/2/2010, 12:06 PM
@Anil
Nah dude, the comics are classic man. To me it's up there with Neil Gaiman's Sandman. It's such a compelling story. I believe the film may do well. The pictures doesn't fully express the premise of the plant animal. Some think it's a retelling of the creature of the black lagoon, which is pretty insulting to me. Alan Moore, the man behind Watchmen, is responsible for this amazing story.
marvel72 - 8/2/2010, 12:23 PM
SWAMP THING-cgi monster + alan moore run + get a decent director like zach snyder = $$$$$$$$$$.
Vital - 8/2/2010, 12:44 PM
Hopefully they do get things settled in copyright land lol. I remember always getting my dad to rent me Swamp Thing and Godzilla movies when I was a kid, so I'm stoked for an updated version.
longbowhunter - 8/2/2010, 12:46 PM
I've said it before, Swamp Thing has one of the best supporting casts of any character in comics. I adore Moore's work on Swamp Thing and would love to see Jason Woodrue as the villian.
Denn1s - 8/2/2010, 1:11 PM
cool. i love swamp thing. i read a week ago the first 2 books of saga of the swamp thing and they are awesome
ROMACK - 8/2/2010, 1:11 PM
Yeah I have been dying for a good Swamp Thing movie for years. A CGI ST would be awesome.

Not too stoked about Goldsman being attached. He's the type of guy that could ####-up a wet dream.
LEEE777 - 8/2/2010, 1:23 PM
Now thats a big $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

DEADPOOL! ; )
DrLecter - 8/2/2010, 1:23 PM
Swamp Thing is SUCH a classic! They SO need to get the ball a-rollin!!
LEEE777 - 8/2/2010, 1:24 PM
ROMACK @ BATMANUELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!! :P
ROMACK - 8/2/2010, 1:52 PM
LEEE@ I YAM....Batmanuel! =P
Creature - 8/2/2010, 1:53 PM
I don't think we need a new Swamp Thing. They just want to get this made. If anything, use Alan Moore as your basis, Warner. It's got CBM regulars like Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman so I think it could be good.
kooldeath - 8/2/2010, 2:18 PM
@Intruder.. just cause I don't like what you like im talknig out my ass ?? I bet you don'tt like every character I do. So because you don't like a character I do that means you talk out your ass.. Yeah its different when you or others on here like or dislike something. I state my opinion get blasted. You can state yours and its alright. Double Standards huh.
kooldeath - 8/2/2010, 2:24 PM
Swamp Thing never interest me as a character. I just thought of him as a big walking plant. I did give credit that the series brought us Constantine. There was a guy acouple days a go said he couldnt stand Deadpool no one blast him, they said just said Deadpol was a good character.

RorMachine - 8/2/2010, 2:32 PM
But your opinion isn't an informed one. I'm not saying you should be blasted, I'm just saying that referring to Swamp Thing as a walking Plant is like referring to Batman as a dude dressed as a bat. Yes, obviously thats his appearance, but there is so much more to him than that.
kooldeath - 8/2/2010, 2:45 PM
How do you know ? Do you know what i have read or what I am currently reading ? nope I didn't tell you. And Yes Batman is just a guy in a bat suit. Thats what they are if you want to honest about. It's the writters that give then there purpose.
Long ago Batman was campy, the frank miller got ahold of him and made him a badass and a dark brooding character. I don't care for Alan Moore..I read the Watchman I didn't like it. Maybe I should give Swampthing a better chance, but I don't like the character. Let's put it this way , instead of not liking Swampy his chatacter doesnt interest me. Now if Ennis where to write it maybe i would give him a better chance.
ROMACK - 8/2/2010, 2:50 PM
Tab@ Don't judge Swamp Thing by the movies. He is a very complex deep character. And RorMachine is really rockin' the Chops isn't he?
ROMACK - 8/2/2010, 2:55 PM
Kooldeath@ I have liked Swamp Thing since the days of Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. I also liked the Moore stuff quite a bit. But I agree with you about Garth Ennis writing on Swamp Thing. That would be awesome dude.
kooldeath - 8/2/2010, 3:04 PM
Thank you Romack.. see I don't like the character for the character, but if Idk a writer i liked did it I would give it more of a chance. I would read it if Garth Ennis or Neil Gaiman wrote some. If tehy did maybe ill give it more of a chance.
ROMACK - 8/2/2010, 3:14 PM
You like what you like. That's life and there is nothing wrong with it. There are alot of characters that just don't appeal to me. I really don't care for Dr. Strange that much. That's just the way it is, but I am for any GOOD CBMs.
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/2/2010, 3:30 PM
YIPPEE KI YAY!!:D This could be the best comic movie ever!!... If they do it right? Not so sure about Goldman´s writing talents????
David Croenenberg, Guillermo del Toro, David Fincher, Vincenzo Natali or maybe Nicolas Winding Refn as the director.

Michael Fassbender as Dr. Alec Holland and Swamp Thing!:D Althought Rourke is awesome choice!
Bill Nighy or John Malkovich as Anton Arcane
Sophia Myles as Linda Holland
Ed Harris as Gen. Sunderland (Goddamit if Martin Landau would still be young he would be perfect as Sunderland)
Doug Jones as Gregori Arcane / Patchwork Man
James Caviezel as Matthew Cable
Jackie Earle Haley or Willem Dafoe as Jason Woodrue / Floronic Man (They should use the same technology what they used in Tron: Legacy then this character would be creepy as h*ll! With the face of Dafoe of Haley! JUST AWESOME!:D)
And
Lynn Collins as Abigail Arcane

I AGREE WITH ROMACK!:D
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/2/2010, 3:42 PM
Intruder@ I KNOW!! That would be epic!:D
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/2/2010, 4:04 PM
MarsAmbassador@ I agree! The appearance of Swamp Thing should be made with the technology of Avatar and Tron: Legacy. Fassbender as the model!
RorMachine - 8/2/2010, 4:43 PM
Kooldeath, fair enough dude, he doesn't interest you, I'm just suggesting that he might if you gave him more of a chance and saw past the walking plant.

Taboo, tis, thanks you young lady!:)

kooldeath - 8/2/2010, 4:50 PM
Which came first Man-thing or Swapthing ?
Will this be full cgi or man in a suit. Maybe I should be a little more open minded and give it shot. Thank you Ror. Umm which books or graphic nivels should i pick up and read ?

Maybe it should be a cartoon and I would like it more then.
kooldeath - 8/2/2010, 4:52 PM
novel I meant. And is the series like Constantine Ror ??
DannyDreg - 8/2/2010, 8:17 PM
I REALLY hope that a new Swamp Thing movie gets made.
KeithM - 8/2/2010, 11:28 PM
@kooldeath: Pick up the collected Alan Moore stories. Then you'll see why Swamp Thing is a little more than just a plant.

John Constantine was created FOR Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, and appears quite often, but it's very different to the Hellblazer series.
ROMACK - 8/3/2010, 5:55 AM
You know I would like to see Swamp Thing battle Arcane and the original Un-men in the first movie and bring in Woodrue into it in the second movie. (Much Like my Fan Cast) I would like to see Either Buscemi or Dafoe as Woodrue.

Check out my fancast...
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/romacksrealm/news/?a=19681
RolandOfGilead - 8/3/2010, 7:10 AM
Hey everyone, I've been gone awhile. Seen my favorite character was getting a reboot and had to chime in. lol

@Ror- Everything you said about ST hit the nail on the head. He IS more then just a plant monster. Begining in Saga Of Swamp Thing by Alan Moore he finally starts transforming from a lurking monster to a far more powerful being...A PLANT ELEMENTAL! Further in the series he meets the Parliment of Trees and lerans there have been many Elementals before him that have protected the world. From there his powers become almost endless and amazing. To any fans of the character I suggest picking up the series from the start with Len Wein's original run to the Alan Moore stuff, its all incredible stuff. :)
preacher - 8/3/2010, 10:59 AM
I loved Moore's take on the character. I've been a swamp thing fan for years, ever since my first introduction to him with Wes Craven's VERY campy film. Since then, I've read everything I could about him and like I said earlier, much preferred Moore's version. Now, kooldeath suggested Ennis? That could be [frick]in amazing and epic! In my mind, Ennis can do no wrong. Have absolutely loved everything he's done (well, except for maybe Crossed, which, wasn't bad, just not his best work). Would love to see Del Toro direct this and hope and pray that they go with Moore's storyline! Not just a comic book movie, but a horror/fantasy film.
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