Fans excited to see Dwayne Johnson on the big screen as DC Comics’ ultraviolent intergalactic bounty hunter are about to be disappointed, as The Rock says he’s now longer attached to star in Lobo.
“It was [something that I was going to do] for a minute, but then it kind of just went away, as things happen in Hollywood,” he tells MTV. “For a minute, I was interested in it, but then it went away.”
Revived in April, the Warner Bros. film would have reunited the action star with his Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton, who rewrote the PG-13 script by Don Payne (Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), which reportedly followed Lobo as he pursued four fugitives to Earth, where he partnered with a teenaged girl to stop them. Johnson confirmed his involvement about three months later.
Created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, Lobo debuted in 1983’s Omega Men #3 as a self-centered villain with a penchant for mindless violence, but he gained popularity in the 1990s as a parody of Wolverine, Punisher and other anti-heroes. Although Lobo has appeared in animated form on Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Legion of Super Heroes, this would mark his live-action, and big-screen, debut.
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