Guy Ritchie directs DC Comics' alien anti-hero Lobo

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Warner Brothers has signed Guy Ritchie to direct Lobo, the live-action adaptation of the DC Comics drama about an alien interstellar bounty hunter, Variety reported. Don Payne wrote the most recent script draft, and Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona will produce.

The character originated in 1983 in Omega Men, written by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, and has had several comic incarnations since then. In the film, he is a 7-foot-tall, blue-skinned, indestructible and heavily muscled anti-hero who rides a pimped-out motorcycle and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc. Lobo teams with a small-town teenage girl to stop the creatures. WB is aiming for a PG-13 rating.

Ritchie will make the movie his follow-up to Sherlock Holmes, the Silver-produced film that stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, which Warner Brothers opens Christmas Day.

Production on Lobo begins early next year.