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Swamp ThingIt's been a while since we heard anything regarding the hinted-at plans for new films based on DC's "Swamp Thing" and "Sgt. Rock" comic books. And while that sort of radio silence can sometimes mean good things are afoot behind the scenes, that doesn't seem to be the case for these two projects.

MTV News recently spoke with "Swamp Thing" and "Sgt. Rock" producer Joel Silver during the press junket for his latest film, "Unknown," and got an update of sorts on the two projects.

"I don’t know, there are rights issues with Swamp Thing," Silver told MTV News when asked if we'll ever see the 3-D "Swamp Thing" movie he hinted at back in August 2009. "I’m not sure if we could clear that up but we’re always working on something. We like the idea of making a 3-D version of that story, but it’s not something we can do right now." Read More...

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Last we heard from the "Lobo" camp, former director Guy Ritchie had parted ways with DC's bastich bounty hunter in favor of a "Sherlock Holmes" sequel.

However, producer Joel Silver is still optimistic about the idea of bringing the brutal Czarnian to the big screen — in fact, he's hoping to make it a 3-D affair!

"Guy [Ritchie]'s off it because Guy's working on 'Sherlock 2,' but I want to do 'Lobo,' too," silver told MTV News during the press junket for "Splice," the new sci-fi horror film opening this weekend. "That should also be a 3-D movie." Read More...

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Back in April, "Splice" director Vincenzo Natali told MTV News he'd love to direct a "Swamp Thing" movie based on Alan Moore's celebrated run on the series. In town to promote the June 4 premiere of "Splice," the filmmaker dropped by the newsroom this week to chat about the thriller, and also give us an update on the "Swamp Thing" front.

Sadly, fans of a Natali-directed "Swamp Thing" might not want to hold their breath waiting for the project to materialize.

"Unfortunately, there is no 'Swamp Thing' movie in the works right now because of all the legal entanglements involved with that particular property," Natali told MTV News. "I'm told it won't happen any time soon." Read More...

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DESCWhen "Sgt. Rock" eventually hits the big screen, there won't be any Nazis or allied forces to speak of — not unless these soldiers are using high-tech weaponry in a futuristic setting, that is.

Producer Joel Silver spoke with Hero Complex about the upcoming "Sgt. Rock" film, saying that the previously revealed plan to bring Rock into the future is still in place.

Despite the updated time period, however, Silver said that "Rock" won't go too far into the future.

"It's a little bit in the future," he clarified, though Silver still acknowledged that the old war hero's World War II origins won't play a role in the comic book adaptation. Read More...

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Swamp Thing"Sherlock Holmes" producer Joel Silver has his hands full with films based on literary heroes these days, and as many comic book fans are aware, quite a few of those projects hail from the DC Comics universe.

Since his name is attached to many of the projects we're most excited about these days, Silver offered MTV News a quick update on some of those projects during the "Sherlock Holmes" red carpet event last week. We pressed the comics-friendly producer for his thoughts on everything from "Swamp Thing" to "Lobo" and many of the other films drawing on DC's massive stable of characters.

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LoboFans at next year’s San Diego Comic-Con International may get the first opportunity to see what Guy Ritchie’s big screen adaptation of “Lobo” will look like. Producer Joel Silver has revealed that a “Lobo” test was recently filmed with the annual pop culture event in mind.

“We’re working on ‘Lobo’ now,” said Silver during an interview with Collider. “I was looking at a test we made and I was seeing it through the eyes of [the San Diego] Comic-Con — through the eyes of that audience. It’s important to know that that audience is the biggest in the world. That’s the audience that you want to get.” Read More...

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Swamp ThingSuperhero 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." Read More...

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LoboProducer Joel Silver's expectations for his Guy Ritchie-directed "Sgt. Rock" movie might be on the back burner, but that doesn't mean the Hollywood power-player behind "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Matrix" isn't looking at other comics right now for material. In fact, it now sounds like Silver has his eye on DC Comics' Lobo, the intergalactic biker with a fowl mouth and Gene Simmons-styled eye makeup.

However, the movie version of Lobo might be slightly more family-friendly than his original comics incarnation, according to Silver.

"I think it's structured now as a PG-13 movie," Silver told a group of reporters, according to SCI FI Wire. "I think we've done it that way, but I love it." Read More...

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'Sgt. Rock'While on the London set of Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes," producers Joel Silver and Susan Downey provided an update of sorts to a few other comics-themed projects currently on their plate -- namely "Sgt. Rock" and "The Losers" -- and offered up an explanation as to why we haven't seen much forward movement with them.

Silver told SuperHeroHype that the progress of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" had basically back-burnered Ritchie's plans for a "Sgt. Rock" movie, since both films would share an edgy, WWII-themed story.

"It made sense to kind of jump off 'Sgt. Rock' and jump onto 'Sherlock Holmes,' because it was something that was really different and unique," said Silver "'Inglourious Basterds' is a war movie and I'm looking forward to seeing it, but it's something that was a direct competition to 'Sgt. Rock' so I felt that we should hold off and do that when we can." Read More...

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'The Ferryman'For a guy who's spending October sending souls to hell, Marc Andreyko sounds pretty happy go lucky. While talking about his upcoming Wildstorm series "The Ferryman," Andreyko -- the writer behind DC Comics' critical darling yet low-selling comic "Manhunter" -- had nothing but sunshine and rainbows for his collaborators on the project, including film production legend Joel Silver ("The Matrix," "Roadhouse") by way of his Dark Castle production shingle.

"All that I was given by Silver was that he's always wanted to do a contemporary version of Charon and the River Styx – the Ferryman who ferried souls across into Hades. That was pretty much it. He wanted to do something contemporary with it. Go!" explained Andreyko of the book which debuts on Wednesday, October 8, and which you can see the opening pages from below. "I came up with how that would work and how the Ferrymen today – there'd be many of them because of the world's population, and they'd almost be skip tracers. If you sold your soul to the devil, eventually that contract is going to expire. And unfortunately, most people who sell their soul to the devil don't want to go quietly." Read More...

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