As we mentioned yesterday, Sleepy Hollow co-creator and The Gifted executive producer Les Wiseman, was rumored to be directing the Swamp Thing series pilot, after a bit of shuffling behind the scenes that saw series co-creator James Wan and Buffy the Vampire Slayer director Deran Sarafian both rumored to co-direct the first episode before the reports were ultimately debunked.
Developed exclusively for DC’s upcoming premium streaming service, Swamp Thing now officially has signed on Wiseman to direct its pilot episode, as well as, executive produce DC Comic’s upcoming horror adaptation.
Wiseman, who first broke into the Hollywood mainstream by directing 2003’s Underworld and is currently developing the upcoming Die Hard prequel was first linked to the helming the pilot for DC Universe’s latest original series last week from a script written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman.
With Wiseman having previously directed horror for both the small and big screen, the upcoming adaptation is sure to be more supernaturally sinister than any other DCTV series to date, and that’s exactly what fans, and apparently DC’s Chief Creative Officer and Co-Publisher Jim Lee want.
Lee had previously confirmed that the upcoming live-action Swamp Thing series would not tie into the platforms other original series, Titans or Doom Patrol.
“We have no mandate to tie everything together,” explained Lee during an interview with CNet.
The upcoming series is expected to lean more heavily into its horror roots than the superhero fare of its fellow DC Universe counterparts. By not sharing continuity with other series, it will also free up the show’s story creatively without taking other programs into consideration.
The move to separate Swamp Thing from other DC properties is not without precedent. While initially created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson as part of the DC Universe, the Swamp Thing comic book series eventually moved to the mature imprint Vertigo maintaining only tenuous ties to the DCU. The character was reintegrated into the larger DCU in 2011’s Brightest Day #24 where he currently remains.
With principal photography expected to begin in North Carolina this fall, and it will certainly be interesting to see where this series goes free of ties to other series. One concept now in question would be the hope for a Dark Justice continuity, and the hopes for a live-action Constantine revival. While this creative direction doesn’t necessarily take that off the table in the future, it does prove to be a bold move that could leave fans either severely disappointed or exponentially pleased.
Executive produced by James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman and Michael Clear, Swamp Thing will join Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders, Harley Quinn, Stargirl, and Doom Patrol on the DC Universe service, which is expected to launch this fall. Swamp Thing will arrive on the service in 2019.
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