These things takes time. In August of 2009, six months after the project was first announced, Brett Ratner told us that an adaptation of "Youngblood" was still being scripted. The next spring, Ratner let us know he and writers J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani were still hard at work on a draft.
"We're still working on it," Ratner told MTV News when he stopped by Splash Page HQ this week.
That sort of delay, of course, is hardly unusual in Hollywood. But what's been the particular hold-up for "Youngblood"?
"There were some rights issues," Ratner said. "We actually waited for over a year for the rights to these comic books that were made by independent comic books. There was a lot of owners of these comic books and a lot of people were claiming they had the rights. It's taken a long time but I think we've finally cleared the legal part of it."
"Youngblood" creator Rob Liefeld remains involved in the process as a consultant — "He gave us his input, and it's valuable," Ratner said — and the project continues to be a priority for all involved. But Ratner, who had previously mentioned his hope that shooting could begin as early as 2011, stopped short of pinpointing a potential production timeline.
He did, however, kick us some insight about how Liefeld recruited him to direct the adaptation.
"Rob brought it to me. I think Bryan Singer wanted this," he said. "Rob was like, 'My favorite X-Men [movie] is yours.' And you're a comic book geek? So Rob came in and came after me and said, 'I want you to do this comic book. I believe that you could do this great.' I was happy."
And Ratner promised that, though the project has been beset by delays, it will eventually hit the big screen.
"I'm a tenacious guy and I persevere and I don't stop and if I focus it's going to happen," he said. "And I'm focused on it."
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