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 and stars Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger. The film is directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Green Lantern was released June 17th, 2011 and stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Jenna Craig, Jon Tenney, Mike Doyle. The film is directed by Martin Campbell.