Yesterday, DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran revealed that they are working on a Swamp Thing movie as part of their first DCU slate. However, during that time, they didn't reveal whether they have a director or writer attached to take on the project.
Hours after the major announcement, Logan and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny director James Mangold tweeted a photo of Swamp Thing from the comics on his Twitter account without any caption. This led to fans speculate that he might be involved in the announced DCU project.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Mangold is indeed currently in talks to helm the Swamp Thing film for DC Studios. The negotiation is still in the early stages as the project is in development and there are no scripts being written at this point.
Deadline added in their report regarding Mangold's hiring that he is a huge fan of the comics and has been clamoring to work on the project for a while. DC Studios is also enthusiastic about the idea and has given an offer to the filmmaker.
However, it might take a while before the film comes to fruition since Mangold is also working on the Timothee Chalamet-led Bob Dylan movie A Complete Unknown, which is set to be the next film that he will be directing once he is finished with the upcoming Indiana Jones movie.
During the announcement of the project, Safran revealed that the film will "investigate the dark origins of Swamp Thing" through the prism of horror. Gunn also added, "This is a much more horrific film, but we’ll still have Swamp Thing interact with the other characters."
This is an exciting development for the project since Mangold is a talented filmmaker as proven by his previous works and this just shows that DC Studios is already attracting high-profile talent to work on their projects. It would be interesting to see what the director's take on the iconic character will be, especially with its darker approach.