Superhero movies are all the rage right now, but it's the decidedly kid-unfriendly, non-superhero titles of Vertigo Comics that seem to be getting quite a bit of attention from movie executives, too—and now, another Vertigo character could be emerging from the swampy depths and into theaters.
Collider reports that producer Joel Silver—currently promoting the release of "Whiteout" based on the Oni Press comic book by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber—is interested in pursuing a new "Swamp Thing" movie, based on the popular DC Comics and Vertigo character.
"I'm developing a picture now that I'd like to do," said Silver. "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. There are a couple of projects I'm thinking about [for the format] but not everything."
The proposed 3D take on "Swamp Thing" would hardly be the character's first leap from comic books to screens. In the 1980s, two films focusing on the titular character were released, with the first "Swamp Thing" feature directed by none other than horror master Wes Craven. A live-action television series based on the films—and starring the movie's leading actor, Dick Durock—aired from 1990 until 1993. There was also a short-lived animated "Swamp Thing" series featuring one of the greatest theme songs in the history of mankind.
The original story of "Swamp Thing" focused on Alex Olsen, a scientist that's supposedly killed by a rival co-worker. As a result of the explosion, Olsen's body is permanently altered by chemicals that make him resemble a swamp-dwelling creature. A later version of the character, Alec Holland, has since become the more commonly known Swamp Thing.
Alan Moore's "Swamp Thing" comics are widely considered one of the better takes on the character; to date, none of the live-action incarnations of "Swamp Thing" have met the same critical success as the "Watchmen" writer's version. But given the current trend towards more serious takes on the comic book genre, a true-to-comic "Swamp Thing" film could occur courtesy of Silver's proposed take on the character.
Are you interested in a new "Swamp Thing" movie? Do you think a 3D film is the way to go? How would you approach the character? Hit the swampy comments section and let us know your thoughts!