Shooting on Warner Brothers’ upcoming Green Lantern comic book adaptation may have wrapped this weekend in New Orleans, but rumors are already circulating that a sequel to the film could already be in production in the Big Easy next summer, before the first film even opens in theaters. And as production continues past the first film’s opening, it could be extended to shoot a third Green Lantern film alongside the second, if the first film is a box office hit. This would conceivably give us a Green Lantern film in 2011, 2012 and 2013!
Bleeding Cool credits the rumor as originating “[f]rom the bars of New Orleans… from certain bragging production staff.” So, is this just the liquor talking or is there some real truth here?
We already know that Warners hired the film’s writers, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, to develop a treatment for a sequel film. Could they actually be working on a treatment for two Green Lantern films? It should be noted that at the time of their hire, it was also announced that the trio would be working on a treatment for a possible film based on DC Comics’ The Flash and that whichever treatment the studio like better, the three would go on to write.
So we have a grain of truth in that Warners is definitely looking to have a sequel already in the works if the film is a hit. And it’s looking like Warners and DC Entertainment is looking to expand and interweave a superhero film franchise in the way the Marvel Studios have been doing with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, etc. So there is at least a slim possibility that this could be the plan.
Of course, such a plan has a certain amount of financial risk to it as well. The number of films shot back to back over the last 40 years is incredibly small – the first two Christopher Reeves Superman films, Back To The Future II & III, the Matrix sequels and Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings adaptation.
It should be interesting to see how this pans out.