Some cool graphic novel-to-TV news this evening. First we’ve got Rachel Rising by Terry Moore, which has just been picked up by Alcon Television Group, the TV arm of Alcon Entertainment. Per THR, “Moore will serve as an exec producer with Lloyd Levin, a producer well-versed in the comics sphere with credits such as the Hellboy movies and Watchmen. Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Sharon Hall will also exec produce.”
The book, “centers on a woman named Rachel who wakes up dead in a shallow grave. She begins to unravel the mystery of her death while crossing paths with not only friends but also a mysterious blonde woman who is tracking her and a horrific little girl named Zoe, out on a killing spree. Also figuring into the mix is the history of the local town, magic and witchcraft.” Alcon will shop the project to networks.
Next up is Torso, which has been in development longer than Earth has been in existence. The graphic novel by comics superstar Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko is still churning and has some white water going now. David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), will now write and direct the adaptation.
David Fincher was once attached to direct a studio version of this true story of Elliot Ness’ time after the Al Capone saga, when he moved to Cleveland and got embroiled in the hunt of serial killer who was leaving torsos in the river and taunting notes to police. The project is foregoing the studio route and adapting an indie approach that “will aim be to be a high-minded, period serial killer movie.”
Coheed And Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his plans to bring his graphic novel series The Amory Wars to the big screen. Earlier this year he and his Evil Ink Comics imprint teamed up with Mark Wahlberg (The Departed; producer of “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire”), Leverage and producer Stephen Levinson ( “Entourage”,”Boardwalk Empire” and Contraband).
Sanchez said it’s not 100% full steam yet, “It’s very preliminary stages. Because the mythology is very dense and a lot of parts are already created … it’s just trying to find the right starting point to get people attracted to it.”
The story of The Amory Wars is set in Heaven’s Fence, a fantasy universe run by a tyrannical dictator named Wilhelm Ryan, and is inspired by Sanchez’s vast conceptual tale surrounding Coheed and Cambria’s albums. “I’d love to see the band’s music make a cameo. Not necessarily as the soundtrack but as Stan Lee does for the Marvel movies maybe the music could pop in once in a while.”
Sanchez plans on being hands-on with the story, “Being the creator I’d certainly like to think [I’ll be very involved in the movie],” he says. “That’s certainly our understanding going forward in the partnership.” And, he thinks it could be a bit. “It’s a universal story and I think it’s going to draw a bigger audience than just the band’s. I think it has already.”
More on this as it comes in. Fans of the graphic novel, are you psyched for this version?
We all know it’s coming, it’s really only a matter of time. EA has confirmed a new Dead Space that’s in development and set to come out by Spring 2013. Then there’s the matter of the chilly new logo that was leaked yesterday, adding fuel to the fiery rumor that EA will officially unveil Dead Space 3 at E3 next week. Dead Space 2 only came out last year, but it feels like it’s been much longer than that and I’ve since been struggling with an itch that only Dead Space can scratch. If you’re also looking to get your fix I highly suggest checking out the very cool animated graphic novel that can be found after the break. It looks great and introduces some new elements that may or may not appear in the upcoming game.
Alan Robert is a busy, busy man, balancing his comic work, his rock band, his film production company, and on top of it all, he’s a family man. When Robert’s band Life of Agony isn’t touring with bands like Ozzy, Korn, and Anthrax, he somehow manages to find the time to write and illustrate some of the most incredible horror comics around. Robert’s latest creation, Crawl to Me, is an honest-to-god horrifying tale that brings to light the true horrors that exist in our world. Seriously, this is one beautiful book with a concluding chapter that will shock you to the core. Luckily, Alan was able to make some time for BD in his hectic schedule to chat about Crawl to Me and his big plans for the coming year. Read on for the skinny…
As horror fans, I honestly believe that we are so desensitized to graphic and horrific subject matter that we often forget that there truly exist unspeakable horrors in the world. There are the real monsters that hide in our closets, that make it unsafe to walk home at night alone, that make us fear for those we love. These horrors, the rapists, the murderers, the pedophiles, the one’s that effect people every day, are the subject of Alan Robert’s Crawl To Me. Robert uses such unspeakable horrors to show that if we really want to be terrified, we need only to look around us. With no scarcity of violence, gore, perversion, this is a book that will seriously get under your skin. The intense and quick pacing combined with stunning visuals, and an ending that will leave your jaw on the floor, Crawl To Me is one great indie mini-series of 2011. Read on for the skinny…
Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide was a huge success and a must own for most zombie aficionados, now there is a graphic novel adaptation of it coming in May from Random House. Recorded Attacks shows many historical examples of zombie outbreaks throughout history in gory detail. I’m pretty psyched for this, what do you think? More info after the break…
One of things we strive to do here at Graphic Content, is to educate people on the history of comics and suggest possible classics that you might not have the pleasure of reading. Four Frightened Women is one of those forgotten classics, which is arguably one of the first ever graphic novels. It is a classic crime story with a hard-boiled photographer dealing with murder and babes. I ending reading some of this years ago at a comic convention and it was sold for a couple hundred dollars, now with the reprint it is a lot more affordable. Don’t miss it this April, more info after the break…