Producer Joel Silver: Lobo script is done

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Producer Joel Silver has a full slate of films scheduled for release in the future—including Sherlock Holmes, The Book of Eli and The Losers, among others—but he has one pet project he'd especially like to bring to the big screen: Lobo, based on the DC Comic series about an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.

"Lobo is one I'm very excited about maybe doing one day, hopefully soon," Silver said in a group interview on Saturday at the Los Angeles press day for Orphan. "I think we can do it. We've got a script we like."

Originally created as a peripheral character in Keith Giffen and Roger Slifer's Green Lantern spinoff comic Omega Men, Lobo was reinvented as an antihero in the early 1990s by writer Alan Grant and artist Simon Bisley, who elevated the exaggerated biker persona to epically monstrous levels.

But Silver said he had a way to translate the homicidal and decidedly adult character into a PG-13 movie. "I think it's structured now as a PG-13 movie," he said. "I think we've done it that way, but I love it. I've just wanted to make it for a long time, and I think it's a great character, a great guy."

Though Silver declined to reveal further details, he suggested that the technology that James Cameron is currently working with might play a role in realizing Lobo's transition from page to screen. "When any of you see Avatar, see pieces of it, the technology is genius, the stuff that's out there that is doable is fantastic," he said. "It's such a great character."