Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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

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.


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.

JUMBUSCHRIST: 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.

'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.

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.

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