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Wytches Comic Series Picked up by New Regency & Brad Pitt’s Plan B


Images Comic series, “Wytches,” just debuted the first issue last week but according to Deadline, there are already plans by New Regency to adapt the comic book series into a feature film. The adaptation is being set up through Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.

The series was written and created by Eisner Award winners Scott Snyder and Jock, who will serve as executive producers on the film.  The plot is officially described as follows:

“Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived.”

It is not surprising that there is already film interest in the series. It was announced this week that the first issue of “Wytches” had already sold out at the distributer level and would be heading into a second printing run.

There is no word yet on who the studio is eyeing to star in the adaptation or when production will begin but it will likely be sometime next year.

The “Pre-Apocalyptic” Story, Sheltered, Heads to the Big Screen


According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas’ recently-released comic series, “Sheltered,” has been optioned for the big screen. The screenplay will be written by Jesse Peyronel, who is also set to direct.

“Sheltered” is officially described as follows:

A pre-apocalyptic tale of survival at any cost. The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.

Circle of Confusion, the production company behind AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead,” are working to take the project to film. So if you weren’t convinced before, now you should feel reassured. Circle of Confusion is producing the adaptation, targeting a late 2014 production.

Considering the large amount of post-apocalyptic tales we have floating around, it will be nice to see the events that lead up to the end of the world.

20th Century Fox Eyes Mark Millar’s Starlight


“Starlight” the newest title announced by Image Comics is heading to the big screen. The comic was created by Mark Millar and Goran Parlov. Currently, it is rumored that Simon Kinberg is attached to write the screenplay. There is  no other talented attached to the project at the moment.

The first issue of “Starlight” will hit stands in March with the following official description:

So much for retirement! Meet Duke McQueen, a man who has long since settled down and left his days of saving the Universe and operating as the space hero everyone depended on—at least that’s what he thought. His wife long passed and his kids off embarking on their own adventures, Duke lives a quiet, solitary life until he receives an unexpected call from a distant world, calling him to action one last time.

Kinberg previously worked on scripts for other popular comic adaptations such as X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class and his upcoming credits include X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Fantastic Four.

Millar is also familiar with the world of comic book adaptations. Several of his original comic book properties are in various stages of stop-and-start development as well, including The Secret ServiceNemesis, and Superior.

Comic Series Savage Brings Bigfoot Vs. Werewolves to the Big Screen


According to a report from TheWrap, Image Comics is adapting its comic book series, “Savage,” into a film. What makes “Savage” enticing? Bigfoot vs. Werewolves. YES. The comic series was created by Jeff Frank. E. Thompson. Co-written by Frank, Dan Wickline and 30 Days of Night’s Steve Niles and with art by Mike Mayhew, the original comic series is described as follows:

“Peter is a shoe salesman desperate for a life transformation. Sam is a hunter of things that would scare the hell out of lesser men. These two collide in the middle of an epic battle between vicious werewolves and the legendary Bigfoot! And that’s just the beginning…”

James Cotten will director while John Adams of Pathbenders will produce. No screenwriter, cast or other talent have been released.

If there is anything that the movie world is missing it is films about werewolves doing something other than banging vampires. Adding Bigfoot to the mix is just a bonus. There is no word yet on who is being looked at to star in the film or an anticipated release date for the project.

Hopefully this project is more awesome and less like a Syfy original movie by the time of its completion.

RZA and Grant Morrison to Adapt ‘Happy’

Wu-Tang Clan front man, RZA, is throwing down in Hollywood in a major way. You may have seen the trailer for his riotous up-coming, Tarantino-esque, Kung-Fu flick, The Man with the Iron Fists already, but more trailers are in his future as he signs on to help adapt Happy!

Comic book giant, Mr. Grant Morrison is behind the comic book, called Happy! The story’s main character is Nick Sax, a shady former police officer who has become a hit man. I like him already. Sax is on a hit and it goes south, leaving him pretty badly hurt. These circumstances suddenly open Sax’s eyes to see Happy. Wait until you hear who and what Happy is.

He’s a horse. He’s a small, blue horse, with donkey ears, buck teeth, small feathery wings, and oh yes, a unicorn’s horn. And this hardened criminal is seeing visions of Happy. Happy is a real go getter, a positive, type-A personality, and his motto is to never give up. This is one crazy, exciting, hilarious premise. I can already see Mark Wahlberg cast as Nick Sax. Better yet, how about Donny Wahlberg?

As you would expect from the adult material within an Image comic book, the comic includes graphic sexuality, language and violence. This all makes the little blue sprite all the more hilarious. Did I mention that Happy is always, well, happy? In juxtaposing the cartoon carelessness of Happy and Sax’s gritty, ugly world, the character may just find redemption for all his darker deeds. I guess Happy is the angel on his shoulder.

The comic book first appeared only last month from Image Comics with art by Darick Robertson. THR called it a cross between It’s a Wonderful Life, Sin City and Care Bears. That’s priceless. And now it is soon to be a movie.

RZA is making his directorial debut with The Man with the Iron Fists and really hopes to direct Happy! on the big screen, too. He’ll also produce the project, alongside Reginald Hudlin, the same producer working with Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained. In fact, RZA and Tarantino will be mentioned in the same breathe fairly often, I should think, but more on that in a moment. Grant Morrison will write the script himself, to ensure extra goodness. No studio has signed on yet.

The trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists is a real showstopper. In the tradition of Kill Bill, Kung Fu Hustle, and other cool, darkly comedic, violent films, Iron Fists was written by RZA and Eli Roth. Quentin Tarantino agreed to place his name on the film with a “presented by” credit. It does look a lot like his style. In it, Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, RZA, and Jamie Chung play a colorful assortment of warriors and assassins in 19th century China. There’s going to be a killer soundtrack and some wicked martial arts. It comes out November 2nd, and if it does well at the box office, excitement should grow for the Happy! adaptation in turn.

Summit Launches ‘Area 52’ Adaptation

The Image comic book titled Area 52 is soon to become a feature film. Summit Entertainment bought the film rights last year, after a handful of studios and production companies juggled the material, but with ultimately unfruitful results. The story is paranormal in nature, as you would expect from the title. Johnny Rosenthal has been hooked to write the screenplay for the live action motion picture.

Rosenthal is also the writer behind Bad Santa 2, the film to be directed by Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink. In case you are curious, Billy Bob Thornton is returning with that title.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing the Area 52 adaptation. Di Bonaventura has seen success with thrillers like Angelina Jolie’s spy flick, Salt, and another comic book adaptation, RED. In fact, he’s hard at work with Bruce Willis currently for the sequel, RED 2, which is also a Summit Entertainment title.

Area 52 is about a rag-tag contingent of quirky soldiers stationed at a dreary military base on the continent of Antarctica known of course as Area 52. Tasked with keeping the storage facility secure, things get a little intense for the troops when an alien hatches from one of the top-secret artifacts hidden with the other tech and extraterrestrial memorabilia. Then, much like a good Alien picture, the being starts hunting down the soldiers.

The original Area 52 comic was penned by Brian Haberlin. He also wrote for the popular Witchblade comic series and contributed to Shi, Aria, and Spawn. Yep, he’s a bit of a rock star. He did colors as well as writing.

J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will serve as executive producers on the project and production president Erik Feig of Lionsgate and Summit’s vice president of production, Meredith Milton, are keeping their eagle eyes on the progress.

Science Fiction fans no doubt also have their eye on Summit property, Ender’s Game, the disgustingly highly anticipated adaptation of the beloved Orson Scott Card novel. That one is coming November of 2013.

I’m always ready to cheer on a good sci-fi project. We’ll have to wait and see more on the style and tone of this one. Depending on the production value and originality, this could be just another cookie cutter horror film. Cowboys & Aliens was a sci-fi comic book adaptation that had fan boys and girls quite a bit excited until it’s release, which seemed to ring out as a bit underwhelming in the end.

This material also reminds me of Vin Diesel’s upcoming Riddick film. Due out sometime next year with Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff, there should be plenty of aliens in that one, too.

The Walking Dead 100th Comic Issue Becomes Best Seller

Robert Kirkman has a lot to be proud of. He has a hit comic book series that has entranced fans as well as a hit television show based on his work, and most recently two different video games inspired by the world he created. However, he has even more to brag about as his 100th issue of The Walking Dead comic book series has become the best-selling comic of the 21st century according to Image Comics.

The issue has already sold out of its initial order of 383,612 copies.

Part of the reason for the higher-than-usual sales could be, as the New York Times pointed out, that fans and collectors flock toward milestone issues, such as number 100 in a series, as well as issues with multiple covers. The 100th issue released a total of nine different covers, which fans flocked to collect.

Another big draw was likely the expectation that something particularly big might happen in the storyline. (It did, but we won’t spoil it for you here.)

The comic book series has also had other awards including receiving the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International.

The massively popular AMC television series probably didn’t hurt sales either. Season three of the series is set to begin on Oct. 14.

Undying Love For Audiences Everywhere

The vampire movie genre isn’t done yet. Even with Twilight nearing it’s long run come December, it seems that studios execs are under the impression that audiences want more vampire cow bell. Alexandre Aja of Piranha 3D is currently in talks to direct an action packed vampire adaptation of Undying Love according to Deadline.

Undying Love is a graphic novel series from Image Comics, written and illustrated by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman.

The story is officially described as follows:

 A horror-action tale, equal parts vampire mythology and Chinese folklore, set in modern day Hong Kong. Ex-soldier John Sargent has fallen for a beautiful Chinese woman named Mei. The only thing keeping the star-crossed lovers apart: Mei’s a vampire. To free Mei from the curse, Sargent sets out to destroy the vampire that made her. The only problem: Mei was turned by one of the most powerful vampires in history…

Keeping with the times and being able to adapt, Coker and Freedman have written the script. This is refreshing to hear because it means the story will be more close to the authors vision than any re-write hack can come up with. It also means that if the story becomes corrupted, they have no one to blame than themselves. Chris Bender, Stephen L’Heureux and J.C. Spink will produce this movie. It is unclear whether or not Warner Bros. Is still attached to the property as they were last year.

First lets get into the story. “Boy meets girl. Falls in love. But can’t take vampire home to meet mom. So what does he do? He loads his guns and fills the gas tank.” – Tong, the chain smoking, ancient Chinese healer in the body of a ten year old. Tong, a character in the Undying Love story sums it up nicely.

Aside from the simple love story, there are so many layers from the four comics. There are the politics that come from meddlesome Chinese spirits, criminal activities in Hong Kong, and plain old racism.

One of the more interesting lies that Sargent is told is that the ancient vampires are being industrious. Picture beautiful Asian slave girls that never age and are instantly indentured with a few drops of blood. That’s actually believable and smart. With that kind of power and corruption, why wouldn’t you market it?

I can’t be sure if it was Coker or if it was Freedman, but one of them watched a lot of Chinese gangster movies. In one scene where Sargent crashes a vampire club, he finds three Chinese vampires doing their thing in a karaoke room. One singing next to a pile of cocaine. Second one drinking booze and playing with pai gow domino tiles, and the third just chilling and reading porn mags; which is weird becomes there are two semi-naked girls next to him. The best part of the image were the crazy spiral straws sticking out of the bloody chests of the girls. That is what I call class.  If they wanted to get more cliched as to the lives of Chinese gangsters, they would have had one guy eating noodles while chain smoking and playing Chinese poker.

While the scenes are interesting, it takes a lot of understanding to know some of the finer things happening in the comic book. For example, there is a spirit in the form of an older lady who switches her appearance to that of a fox back and forth. It’s later that you realize that while they speak with one voice to Sergeant, they are distinctly different entities that argue with one another.

Then there’s the Chinese chi spells; called hex spells in the comic. It’s not explained yet how John Sagent not only understands the use of written symbols, but how to activate them. To barricade a door from an onslaught of shapes shifters, Sargent flips a Chinese calendar and searches for a symbol to activate; settling for the Chinese symbol of strength. When did he learn Chinese? Chinese girlfriends don’t teach you the good stuff that quickly.

The comic which is brilliantly drawn merges realism and high packed action. The writing though reminds me a lot of the Firefly television series as the writing lapses a lot into Mandarin. Thank goodness not everyone knows Mandarin, their racist terms and swearing slang.

Currently Undying Love is comprised on one volume containing four issues. The story isn’t even done yet, so either the movie will be a condensed story; that loses a lot of cool scenes; or chopped up and lead into a new saga of vampire movies. If they do make a movie,

If the movie does go to production, they won’t have to white wash the lead role for once; as the noble white guy saves the Chinese slave girl and all.  I do hope however that they cast James Hong as one of the bad guys. I will never forget his villain role in Big Trouble in Little China. You know, the 80’s movie about the white guy with guns fighting a bunch of Chinese spirits. Bai ren kan bu dong.