Dark Castle pictures has caught the comic book bug/sickness, and apparently one of the properties that producer Joel Silver is hot on is DC Comics’ Swamp Thing, according to an interview he did with Collider. For those who haven’t read the comic, or who missed out on the two unfortunate existing film adaptations (and one really unfortunate USA television series), Swamp Thing is either Alex Olsen or Alec Holland (depending on which series you read — the Alan Moore reboot featuring Alec Holland is far superior). The creature is, through either science gone wrong or a strange form of elemental possession (it was re-conceived as an entity possessing the thoughts and, perhaps soul, of Alec Holland) a plant-like monster who…
… it’s complicated. There have actually been around five or six Swamp Things — those are just the main two. It’s also not to be mixed up with Marvel Comics’ Man-Thing, which is a remarkably similar character. Swamp Thing is a shambling plant creature that fights bad guys and tries to find a cure for his strange existence. He’s a hideous thing who has super strength, can regenerate, and… um… control plants. It’s cooler than it sounds, though not much cooler.
There have actually been some pretty good runs of the comic, the aforementioned Alan Moore one being the best. Of course, we know how pitiful Hollywood has been at adapting his works (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V For Vendetta, Watchmen — YES, I said Watchmen), so they’ve got a tough row to hoe.
Oh, and Joel Silver wants to make the film in 3-D. Of course he does. Because nothing says “action packed” like friggin’ plants in 3-D.
You know what? I’ve let it percolate a bit, and I’ve decided — this is a terrible idea.
However, it does give me the opportunity to show you this.
Wes Craven. The man has some serious misses on his resume, y’all.