Although he’s previously made movies like Cube and Cypher, after producer Joel Silver and Warner Bros bought his latest sci-fi thriller, Splice, director Vincenzo Natali’s Hollywood stock has soared exponentionally. He’s now eyeing the projects he wants to move onto next, and it seems one of the properties he’s most interested in is Swamp Thing.
This kind of makes sense, as Joel Silver is currently developing a 3D Swamp Thing movie, so with the him and Natali already working together on the release of Splice, teaming up for the DC Comics character would be a logical step. Talking to MTV at Wondercon about his interest in Swamp Thing, Natali said, “There are two incarnations of Swamp Thing – both of them are quite wonderful. The first one was by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, which was a more traditional sort of retake on classic, James Whale-style, Universal Studio horror films. Then Alan Moore reinvented the character in the early ’80s, and that’s actually the version that’s a little more interesting to me…
“[Swamp Thing] kind of became… I don’t want to call him an ecological superhero, but he became an ecological character quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s a comic book, but it delves into some very interesting stuff, both psychological and philosophical.”
It seems its Moore’s take on things that Natali is most interested in, noting that “It would be – if done properly -extraordinary.”
As yet no director has officially been announced for Joel SIlver’s 3D Swamp Thing flick, although it certainly looks like Natali is being lined up for the job.