[Question Of The Week] Which Comic Do You Want To See Adapted As TV Series Or Film?

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The Bloody Comics Crew is happy to kick off our first ever Question of the Week. It’s a simple concept. I ask the comics writing staff one question every week, and they offer their answers. Of course, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments section as well.

This week’s question: Which Comic Do You Really Want To See Adapted As TV series Or Film?

Lonmonster: Without question, I would die to see Bryan Fuller take on the epic project that is Gaiman’s “Sandman”, though it has been “in development” for YEARS. After witnessing what Fuller can do with dark content like Hannibal and his hyper-stylized Pushing Daisies, I don’t think anyone in TV is more suited for the project. Apparently Neil already has the script done, so I really hope it’s only a matter of time before this hits the small screen. I would also love to see Daniel Knauf, creator of HBO’s Carnivale, take on Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft’s “Severed” as a mini series.

Jorge Solis: I’d like to see Scalped made into TV series. It’s about an undercover cop infiltrating a mob boss. It works like Wiseguy TV series or the Martin Scorcese movie, The Departed, but it’s so different because of its setting and Native American mythology. I think you can follow a season with one of the arcs and do something different as well.

ShadowJayd: Given recent Marvel Studios history — and the fact that I’m currently re-reading the first story arc of Brian K. Vaughan’s fantastic teenage superhero series — a movie adaptation of “Runaways” is something I’d love to see right now. Incidentally, the tremendous success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is exactly the reason why my dreams are being shelved along with Drew Pearce’s completed screenplay; but my hopes are still alive.

“Runaways” is a series that operates outside the mainstream format, yet — provided with the right cast and direction — could be a big hit amongst a mainstream audience. There’s action, compelling drama, humour, plenty of supernatural aspects; as well as a motley crew of dynamic young characters that just scream massive potential for a great ensemble project. The first volume is pretty much primed for film considering the origin tales involved; and the charmingly modest world-building won’t intimidate those unfamiliar with series.

Jimbus_Christ: In the era we live in, where cheap fantasy like Once Upon a Time rules the airwaves, my hope is for some more intelligent fantasy to take hold. That’s why I remain vigilant that Jeff Lemire’s amazing Vertigo series “Sweet Tooth” makes the transition to the small screen. The show would be incredibly effects heavy in the creature designs, and the right child actor would have a lot of heavy lifting to do as Gus, but given the right ingredients the property would kill in television.

For the uninitiated “Sweet Tooth” follows Gus, the product of a horrible apocalypse which killed most of humanity, and resulted in new children being born as hybrids between human and animal. After the death of his father Gus finds himself attached to the large and mysterious hunter Jeppard. Together they journey the wastelands of the world in search of safety. Along the way they encounter all sorts of danger and the true nature of the apocalypse.

Given a cable network home, “Sweet Tooth” could show us the emotional core of the apocalypse through the eyes of a child. The story is touching; gut wrenching, and violent all at the same time. The stakes are always stacking higher and the relationship between Jeppard and Gus would stand the test of time. With each of the six separate volumes serving as a shortened season of television (5-6 hour long episodes) the story could be communicated in its original form, and allows time to breathe on its way to its predestined conclusion.


Bree Ogden: I would love to see Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel in film format (PLEASE no television! We’ve seen that never works for DCU female characters). What we need is a truly uncompromising and graphic Harley Quinn. HQ is one of DCU’s most complex female characters and to portray her as anything but, would dishonor the few writers who have really explored the depths of her insanity, obsession, raw self loathing, and overwhelming passion. I would be deeply disappointed if they were to create a film version of HQ as 1.) a main character, she is not a lead and b.) a sex object. All too often (or always) female superheroes and villains are simply there to steal cars and wear latex. A gritty, realistic, intelligent-psychiatrist-turned-sociopath-for-love, HQ is what I’d like to see in film.

GreenBasterd: I contemplated a lot over this question, in particular because I think additional Hellboy or Dredd movies would be amazing. These having been done I decided to step outside the box and suggest that a great movie, or more possibly even a TV show, would be an adaptation of Image Comic’s “Chew”. Not really knowing what to think I began reading the first volume with some skepticism but quickly became addicted and bought the next 4 volumes.

A show or movie adaptation could be hilarious and action packed covering a topic that is both ridiculously stupid and incredibly awesome at the same time. One of the main antagonist makes himself have the appearances of a vampire which no doubt fits into the pop culture fad these days.

Alright readers, tell us what you think, and if you have a question you’d like to as us, hit me up on Twitter.

 
  • rgold

    preacher preacher preacher

    • RickGrimesRightHand

      I agree, Preacher needs to be made a Tv series. I’m very happy to hear Constantine will be getting a show.

      • horrorgasm

        pfft. the real Constantine is spinning in his grave.

        • RickGrimesRightHand

          I am definitely hoping they go the Hellblazer route over the new 52 series

    • oneofthosedeadfckers

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

    • Jimbus_Christ

      Preacher was my go to for television adaptation. But I wanted to go a little out of left field. Preacher is definitely suited for TV adaptation almost perfectly. The religious nature of the story however will probably mean any sensible channel staying away from the material for a long time to come.

  • Schmageggey

    Sandman full length film or The Killing Joke short film, just saying.

    • GothicGuido

      Oh man, Mark Hamill says the only way he will reprise his role as the Joker is for an animated killing joke. I would honestly rather it be animated or over the top stylish like sin city. For live action I just don’t know who could play the Joker these days…

      • Schmageggey

        Now that you say that, it makes sense. I would love an animated Killing Joke w/ Hamill as the voice. But in all rationality a Sandman movie is more likely. Animated Killing Joke is wishful thinking.

  • GothicGuido

    I have to say no to “sweet tooth” while I enjoy the walking dead (series)its safe to say it doesn’t even come close to the comics. Given its a post apocalyptic show I think similar things would happen (changes to appeal to a wider audience) and you’d have to get a child actor to play him, and a good child actor is a dime a dozen.

    Id have to suggest Ferals, Fereals, and more Ferals for a TV adaptation. The tagline would basically be “true blood on crystal meth”. Some of the gore/sex stuff can be over the top and just for shock value but if they did it tastefully I could be great imo.

    • Lonmonster

      If done properly, I’d love to see both Sweet Tooth and Ferals.

  • theodds22

    CHEW! I’ve been reading it for a while and I must say it is awesome.

    • GreenBasterd

      I know eh? Lonmonster suggested it to me and after the first volume i was quite hooked. Not afraid to admit I have dumped a fair bit of coin into that series. Since writing this I’ve been running through my head potential actors of asian descent to play the lead role. Lots of fantastic guys out there for sure. John Cho for one, he’s shown he can be hilarious (Harold and Kumar) but has also shown his ability to whoop ass (Star Trek).

  • HOAX_ARTHUR_WILMOTH

    MARSHAL LAW! Just because it is so outrageous!

  • oneofthosedeadfckers

    Either American Vampire or Crossed. They’d both be awesome for cable tv. I’d really like a Punisher show on cable as well.

    • GreenBasterd

      American Vampire would make one kickass TV show. Especially with its relevance to this fucked up pop culture we have right now. Die hards would watch it because it will be awesome and new crowds can get into it because apparently vampire is the new pink theses days.

    • Jimbus_Christ

      Crossed would be amazing. But my god it would ruin people’s lives. There is no way to do that series justice without brutal over the top violence and gore.

      • oneofthosedeadfckers

        If Game of Thrones and True Blood can show ridiculous amounts of gore, then why not Crossed? I want it to be a show so bad.

        • GothicGuido

          There is “ridiculous amounts of gore” and then there is Crossed lol. Honestly a video game is the only way I see Crossed reaching out of comics (and even then why will have to tone it down)

          • oneofthosedeadfckers

            ehh if they did a digital only release for the gam they could get away with WAYYY more gore and depravity (look at outlast, that had some messed up shit in it). If it ever did get made it’d probably end up being made by an indie team since most big teams are risk averse and profit-centric.

  • Brias411

    I’d be up for both Preacher and Sandman, but they would have to be premium cable series. Awhile back they were talking about Preacher as a one to one translation for HBO, but people got uptight about the religious aspect of the books. And since we can’t offend religious people, we may never see Preacher the way it should be done.

    • RickGrimesRightHand

      Yeah, unfortunately Preacher doesn’t stand a chance at getting made. It would really piss a lot of people off and I’m certain no station in the Bible belt would air it.

      • Jimbus_Christ

        ^This is why Preacher will never work.

  • khaosmatrix

    1) Lucifer
    2) Fables
    3)Goon

    • khaosmatrix

      I Luv Halloween

  • Mr.Mirage

    Johnny
    The
    Homicidal
    Maniac

    Preferably an R (NC-17) animated film. Barriers? We crush them underfoot like the beetles they are.

  • joeshmo447

    I’m not sure how many people know about this one but you all should check out Hack/Slash. I think it’s gonna be a movie soon!! =)

  • Darkness69

    Dylan Dog – but done properly! So far, two tries, but without all the aspects of this complex comic, any movie just falls short, regardless of the amount of money or cast. They would need to get his sidekick Groucho (as in Groucho Marx), but it could never happen. Also, the setting has to be London, commissioner Bloch has to be there too, maybe even Madam Trelkovski and some other characters. Placing it in New Orleans with other characters just doesn’t work.

  • Deathspell

    The Boys
    Fables
    Crossed

  • carlos.filipe

    House of Mystery
    30 Days of Night
    Saga

    i guess 100 bullets it on the way =D