When you hear about a quartet of comic book adaptations on the horizon -- including a brand new project from "Matrix" filmmakers Andy and Larry Wachowski -- you know it's a good day for comic book and movie addicts everywhere. Today is such a day.
Variety brings us the news that Stephen Emery, newly hired at Circle of Confusion, will produce an adaptation of "Silverfish" with Joel Schumacher attached as director. Circle of Confusion is also working on adaptations of "Cryptozoo Crew," "The Psycho" and "Shaolin Cowboy," the last of which is coming from the Wachowski brothers.
The Wachowskis, who produced the adaptation of "V for Vendetta," are producing "Cowboy." Geof Darrow, the creator of the comic book, will write and direct the picture. "Cowboy" focuses on a former Shaolin monk who has been ejected from his temple. Since leaving, a bounty has been placed on his head and the wandering ex-monk is forced to battle those who have come to collect the reward. With the martial arts savvy Wachowskis and original creator Darrow steering the project, "Shaolin Cowboy" is definitely a project to keep your eye on.
For the uninitiated, "Silverfish" is a Vertigo published graphic novel from writer-artist David Lapham. DC Comics describes the project as filled with "betrayal, double lives and family annihilators that will plunge itself into your gut and keep twisting until its bloody conclusion." The novel focuses on 16-year-old Mia as she squares off against her deadly new stepmom and a murderer who believes himself possessed by a demonic silverfish.
While Variety cites a project called "Cryptozoo," the corresponding comic book is actually called "Cryptozoo Crew." According to the comic's official website -- where you can check out samples from the book -- the story focuses on "Tork and Tara Darwyn -- world-renowned cryptozoologists (scientists who study hidden and undiscovered animals). They travel the globe, digging through isolated temples and tromping through tropical jungles (as well as snow-swept peaks), hunting for strange and exciting creatures." The series was co-created by Allan Gross and Jerry Carr.
"The Psycho" has been in development at Circle of Confusion since 2003. The series, co-created by James Hudnall and Dan Brereton, centers on a self-loathing superhuman government agent who tries to exonerate himself of a crime he didn't commit. "The Psycho" was originally released through DC Comics in 1991.
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