HBO Max’s Green Lantern series has powered up its lantern, landing its showrunner.
Seth Grahame-Smith, the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novelist-turned-screenwriter of such movies as The Lego Batman Movie, will act as showrunner of the DC Comics-based series and co-write the inaugural episode with Marc Guggenheim, the co-creator of DC shows Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
Green Lantern, a one-hour drama, has been given a 10 episode straight-to-series order. It hails from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns, the comics author-turned-DC show creator, were involved in the 2011 Green Lantern movie as was Guggenheim. While the movie didn’t shine green at the box office, the show is being seen as a way to course correct and re-introduce one of the longest-lasting names in superhero comics.
The makers are describing the show as a saga spanning decades and galaxies And will feature a host of Green Lanterns, the galactic police officers that patrol the known and unknown universe. The show will focus on Earth-centric Lanterns Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott and will also have alien Lanterns such as fan-favorite Kilowog, as well as Sinestro, a former Lantern now turned villain.
Scott is the original Green Lantern, first introduced in 1940’s All-American Comics #16. In the past decade, he has been receated as a gay character. Gardner was created in the 1960s and has a tough-talking, fists first attitude. Cruz, a Latina, and Bax, a Muslim-American, are more recent creations. Lanterns Hal Jordan, perhaps the best known character in the franchise, John Stewart and Kyle Raynor are not part of the show.
Many details are being kept on the planet Oa but the show is rumoured to possibly being the most expensive show coming from Berlanti, one of the most prolific producers working in TV today.
The show is in the breaking down the story stage and could be, factoring directors and casting, in production by mid-next year.
Grahame-Smith wrote Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, best-sellers that both received high-profile adaptations. Grahame-Smith also wrote Timo Burton’s Dark Shadows and was a producer on Stephen King’s It and executive producer on It: Chapter Two. He is repped by WME and Morris Yorn.