Making Out with the Media: Comics and Graphic Novels Edition

Warner Bros. Does Unthinkable, Gives Comics a Reason to Keep Employing Rob Liefeld with Capeshooters Movie Adaptation
The key words in the Variety article describe the film as being based on “an upcoming comic creation” from Liefeld, but all bets are off as to when either property will appear because Liefeld’s site hasn’t been updated since May. You’d think that on a day when such a big announcement was going to be made, someone would at least update the website with character sketches or something like that…

Graphic Novelist To Adapt His Own Work for Summit Entertainment Film
Kevin J. Walsh’s graphic novel from Virgin Comics called The Leaves is about a New York doctor goes to a wedding in India and learns a fortune teller there that he is destined to bring about the apocalypse. And here I thought the only thing you could bring back through customs was chocolates. Virgin Comics founder, COO and EIC Gotham Chopra and CEO Sharad Devarajan will produce the film.

The 10 Most Influential Forces in the Comic Book Movie Adaptation Field
The top 10 includes people you expect like Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy II), Frank Miller (The Spirit), and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit should get a swift kick in the ass for using the old “Bam! Pow!” intro to preface this piece, as well as not being able to get a decent enough “It’s True” quote from female producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

DJ Caruso Aiming for 2010 with Y: The Last Man
At a press screening for DJ Caruso’s Disturbia follow-up, Eagle Eye, the director gave an update on the Y adaptation: Carl Ellsworth is expected to hand in a script shortly, and they’re hoping for a 2010 release, with Shia LaBoeuf in mind (but apparently not signed) for the leading role. Shia haters will groan, but the kid’s got skills, and Caruso is a fine choice of director.

Peter Berg to Bring Hercules: The Thracian Wars to the Big Screen
director Peter Berg has signed on to direct an adaptation of Radical Comics’ Hercules: The Thracian Wars, from writer Steve Moore. With public domain characters like this and the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes project, I’ve always gotta wonder why they even bother licensing the source material, but the producers apparently want to make “a film that stayed true to the comicbook (sic)”… so… we’ll see?

Posted on July 23, 2008 at 06:40 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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  1. Written by Staatz
    on 2008-07-23 at 21:36

    Just out of curiosity, what makes you think Caruso’s a good choice to direct Y The Last Man?

  2. Written by connor
    on 2008-07-24 at 05:16

    No RSS feed? :(

  3. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2008-07-24 at 05:40

    @Staatz: I’m going to let Gordon field this one because he added those stories later on.

    @connor: I… have no idea why the RSS link isn’t working. That looks like another Gordon question, too.

  4. Written by Caolan
    on 2008-07-24 at 08:10

    I don’t dislike Shia as an actor, I just think he’s a poor choice for the lead in Y. He just doesn’t fit.

  5. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-07-24 at 11:43

    @connor: There is an RSS feed! Your browser should have the RSS icon in the address line. If you’re using some weird browser that doesn’t recognize that:

    @Staatz: Disturbia (fun B serial killer movie) and Salton Sea (decent crime flick) were both well directed and distinct in tone and style, and Eagle Eye looks to be, as well. He’s also a veteran TV director. So he can shift up style and tone to suit the project, he’s good with action (and Y isn’t really very action-heavy), and he can elicit good performances from his actors.

    Anyway, although it is terrific, Y is not really an “epic” story (I recently finished reading volume 10) or one that requires any gift with special effects. It will really come down to the script, more than anything else.

  6. Written by Pedro Steckecilo
    on 2008-07-24 at 16:12

    I actually think Shia would make a great Yorrick… if they can get me to take him seriously for once.

  7. Written by connor
    on 2008-07-24 at 22:36

    @Gordon: Oh, haha. Sorry, I’m just so used to seeing a RSS button or link on sites. Thanks for the link!

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