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‘Cube’ director tweets concept art from ‘Hannibal,’ ‘Swamp Thing,’ and more

If only these 'Swamp Thing' and 'Neuromancer' movies were actually happening.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 8, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 3:44 pm CDT

Vincenzo Natali’s Twitter feed is a real treasure-trove at the moment.

After making cult sci-fi/horror films like Splice and Cube, Natali’s latest project is directing three new episodes of Hannibal.

He started tweeting some behind-the-scenes details to coincide with last week’s season premiere, and just… didn’t stop. Following Hannibal he kept posting storyboards and concept art from various projects he’s worked on over the years, and some of it is very cool.

Natali’s script excerpts and concept art range from movies like Splice to films that never got made (Swamp Thing, The Chrysalids) or are still stuck in development hell (cyberpunk classic Neuromancer).

As of last month, the Neuromancer movie is supposedly back in development—without Natali this time round. That’s too bad, because this concept art gives us a glimpse of what could have been.

Perhaps best of all, Natali posted the first few pages of his screenplay for Swamp Thing, a DC/Vertigo comics movie that was originally slated for production around 2010.

Swamp Thing was previously adapted in the 1980s by Wes Craven, simplifying the comic into a monster movie concept. A more loyal adaptation would have more in common with Sandman than a typical comic book movie with hero and villain roles, which is probably why Swamp Thing never went into production. It’s difficult to sell a philosophical and romantic drama story about a dude made of mud and swamp tendrils. 

Photo via Vincenzo Natali/Twitter

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*First Published: Jun 8, 2015, 2:40 pm CDT