Alex Garland, who is best known for his directorial work on Ex Machina and Annihilation, as well as writing 2012’s Dredd, has revealed why he would be reluctant to make a Swamp Thing movie.
During an interview with ComicBook at C2E2, Garland explained that while he loves the character, he couldn’t make a Swamp Thing movie because writer Alan Moore passionately discourages filmmakers adapting his work.
“It’s complicated for me because I really, really love Swamp Thing,” Garland explained. “I wasn’t exactly saying that I wanted to do it. The problem for me is that Alan Moore, who wrote the parts of Swamp Thing that I really loved and responded to, has been very, very clear saying he does not want people to adapt his stuff. So I couldn’t work on Swamp Thing for that reason. I’ve got too much respect and admiration for Alan Moore. But I can fantasize about it. I can daydream about it.”
“I think the problem is: how do you adapt something that explicitly doesn’t want to be adapted?” Garland continued.
While DC did produce a short-lived Swamp Thing television series recently, it is hard to disagree with Garland’s reasoning as Moore is staunchly against his work being adapted for the screen.
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