Press junkets for new movies that are out are a great way to sneak in some unexpected questions about various in development films that get talked about and MTV News tossed a few questions at Joel Silver the other day when he was promoting Unknown. Silver had talked briefly a couple of years ago about doing something with Swamp Thing and Sgt. Rock but little to nothing has been heard ever since. With the push to get a few more DC properties out there these days, the chance to get these on the fast track might seem like a no brainer. Unfortunately, especially with Swamp Thing, there are always some existing rights and legal issues with the various incarnations over the years.
"I don’t know, there are rights issues with Swamp Thing," Silver told MTV News when asked if we'll ever see the 3-D "Swamp Thing" movie he hinted at back in August 2009. "I’m not sure if we could clear that up but we’re always working on something. We like the idea of making a 3-D version of that story, but it’s not something we can do right now."
When it comes to Sgt. Rock, Guy Ritchie was attached to it way back in 2008 before he jumped to the Holmes sequel, Francis Lawrence became attached to it with a new screenwriter but it's still been quiet.
"We were driving down the road at one point, and then not," said Silver, summarizing the last few, on-again, off-again years of "Sgt. Rock" development. "Look, these things are there, and sometimes they come about, and sometimes they don’t, but it’s hard to talk about them until they’re real movies."
Could these movies find an audience today?