Warner Bros. has tapped Jason Fuchs to pen LOBO, a sci-fi actioner based on the DC Comics character from Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen. Lobo first appeared in Omega Men #3 in 1983. Fuchs is coming off of writing Warner’s Wonder Woman, and that they were so quick to give him another job certainly suggests confidence in his work on the Gal Gadot solo feature.
Ant-Man helmer Brad Peyton is set to direct the $75 million film, which will center on Lobo, an alien who works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter, roaming the galaxy looking for new work to sink his teeth into. When he lands on Earth in search of four fugitives, he is assisted by a teenage girl to track them down.
While the project’s current script has already undergone multiple drafts, including a recent revision from Peyton, Fuchs is expected to do a page-one rewrite. The character gained a following among DC comic book fans amid his revival in the early 90s, when the series began to depict him as an anti-hero rather than a villain. Marvel founder Stan Lee cites Lobo as one of his favorite DC comic book characters.
Fuchs is currently writing the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Luna Park. In addition to Wonder Woman, Fuchs recently wrote the screenplay to the Joe Wright Peter Pan adaptation Pan – also for Warner Bros. – as well as Ice Age: Continental Drift. In addition to having a red hot writing career, Fuchs is an actor, and has appeared in films and TV shows like The Sopranos, The Good Wife and Law & Order: SVU. He’ll next be seen Damien Chazelle’s La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
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This story was first reported by The Wrap.