Was Quentin Tarantino Originally Set to Direct ‘Green Lantern’?

The acclaimed director says that he was offered the eagerly awaited comic book adaptation.
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Was Quentin Tarantino Originally Set to Direct ‘Green Lantern’?

In a recent interview with MTV, Inglorious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino revealed that he was offered the chance to direct the upcoming big screen adaptation of Green Lantern, which is now set to star Ryan Reynolds. He turned the film down, deciding that he'd outgrown the superhero genre.

Tarantino told MTV, "I was offered the Green Lantern. Not since it's been a script, but just like, 'Hey we own the Green Lantern.' Would you like it?' There's a little part of me that's like, 'Wow, if I was in my 20s, this would be the genre I'd want to specialize in.' But they weren't making them then, or at least not the right ones. But there also is an aspect where I've kind of outgrown that a little bit."

He concluded by saying that if he ever did decide to do a superhero film, "It wouldn't be an existing comic book character. I'm a writer. I'd want to use my imagination and not have to fight with geeks' memories of how this character should be and, 'Oh, I cast an actor as opposed to a bodybuilder' or it's not as good as the way Neal Adams drew him.' If I were to do something like that, I would want the fun of coming up with the superhero myself."

Director Martin Campbell is now in charge of directing Green Lantern. The film will finally see the light of day when it hits theaters on June 17th of 2011.

Inglourious Basterds was released August 21st, 2009.

Green Lantern was released June 17th, 2011.

Sources:MTV

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  • kyle-hannah • 5 years ago

    I wonder what Superhero movies he'd steal scenes from in order to make it? I would bank on Green Lantern having The Good the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack on there too. Tarantino is a good director who makes fun throwbacks to other films but Green Lantern doesn't seem like a fit for him

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    • narrator • 6 years ago

      Lol Fratson. That is a terribly powerful thought.

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      • iamfratson • 6 years ago

        he turned down green lantern because he is gonna reboot superman obviously guys.

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        • newkill200 • 6 years ago

          he has nowhere else to go in his career.

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          • instead8909 • 6 years ago

            he needs to leave, a terrible director and a lousy actor.

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            • newkill200 • 6 years ago

              Also, if you ask me I'd say Kill Bill was somewhat like a superhero movie.

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              • ed-wood • 6 years ago

                Glad he passed, doesn't seem like his kind of thing. But I agree with Newkill, Watchmen by Tarantino would have been kind of interesting.

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                • chad-vital • 6 years ago

                  why*

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                  • chad-vital • 6 years ago

                    I agree with Comrade, who cares? Why did they tell us this NOW? Is this news worthy? Seems more like a let down to diehard Quetin fans lol if anything. In way, I'm glad cause the movie would be really weird, then again, it'd probably break the mold of generic superhero movie formula that we are used to. Let's face it, we know what's gonna happen, there is always like 1 main villian in the first film, then 2 villians in the sequel lol. It's predictable, Quentin would totally either rape what the hero was in a bad way, or make it so different in a good way that it's a huge hit. And are people speaking of this whole "superhero" genre in as if it's not as good as something else? There are a few superhero films that are better than most "other" genres so why is there anyone talking down to this "genre"? As if you or Quentin are TOO good for a superhero movie? Haha what a joke.

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                    • thekingofamerica • 6 years ago

                      Again, why is this news?

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                      • taberjohnson18 • 6 years ago

                        Who cares? Nothing we can do about it now.

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                        • newkill200 • 6 years ago

                          Yeah, Fallen i think this is just to boost this guys ego. Have you seen his interview at comic con? He thinks to highly of himself like he's the greatest director ever.

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                          • narrator • 6 years ago

                            This is a bit pointless except to boost his ego and see how people respond, maybe if they respond saying he should do it, then he'll make his own hero, or if not, then he'll stick to what he does best. Its smart in a way, getting fan feedback. But this has nothing to do with GL pretty much.

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                            • angrypunkbronxkid • 6 years ago

                              Whoops, that he did.

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                              • newkill200 • 6 years ago

                                Taratino did Death Proof not Planet Terror. Rodriguez did Planet Terror.

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                                • angrypunkbronxkid • 6 years ago

                                  The closest thing to this sort of thing that Tarantino has done would be Planet Terror, and albeit that movie was stupendous, Tarantino just would not be the guy to do this kind of thing.

                                  Granted I'm sure Green Lantern would be given copious amounts of one liners and epic monologues.

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                                  • insertusernamehere • 6 years ago

                                    I'm loling

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                                    • newkill200 • 6 years ago

                                      He probably could have done a better job with Watchmen.

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                                      • timmy • 6 years ago

                                        HA Newkill. Good point. I stand corrected. I just don't think he should do superhero flicks. Lets face it, there are way to many of them.

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                                        • newkill200 • 6 years ago

                                          this can't be true. come on movieweb.

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