The James Wan-Produced “Swamp Thing” Aims to Be Rated R With “Graphic Violence”
Underworld director Lin Wiseman is directing the pilot episode of DC Universe’s “Swamp Thing,“ being produced by James Wan, and we’ve got some damn good news on that front courtesy of a chat between /Film and writer Gary Dauberman. The series, Dauberman says, aims to push the limits as far as possible, shooting for a hard “R” rating!
“We always set out to make Swamp Thing as hard R as we could and go graphic with the violence, with the adult themes and make it as scary as possible,” Dauberman told the site. “Because we’re doing it through the DC streaming service, they really pushed us, although they didn’t have to push hard, for us to go as extreme as we could. We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s. Swamp Thing himself looks incredible… what Justin Raleigh and the guys over at Fractured are doing with the suit. So it’s going to look amazing.”
Dauberman continued, “It’s the origin story of the Swamp Thing and it’s Alec Holland wrestling with who he’s become. A lot of it’s told through the point of view of Abby Arcane.“
Practical suit. Extreme. Scary. Weird. Violent. Sign us right the hell up!
“Gotham” star Crystal Reed will play Abby Arcane in the series, with Maria Sten (“Channel Zero,” Straight Outta Compton) on board as Liz Tremayne.
The series, based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, is being written by “Ash vs. Evil Dead” writer Mark Verheiden and IT co-writer Gary Dauberman.
“Swamp Thing” centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane. When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
The series is targeting a 2019 premiere on DC Universe.
Verheiden and Dauberman executive produce with Atomic Monster’s James Wan and Michael Clear, while the company’s Rob Hackett serves as co-producer.