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Crossedby Ryan Rigley

Zombies. What could possibly be scarier than a walking corpse hungry for human flesh? Well, if "The Walking Dead" has taught us anything it's that zombies aren't the only thing to worry about during a zombie apocalypse. People tend to do some crazy things when pushed into a corner. Crazy, unspeakable things that they might not normally be capable of.

Imagine, if you will, a person that is perpetually stuck in that mindset. Fully functioning human beings without any inhibitions, morals, or emotional attachments to the world around them. Now take that and amplify it tenfold. Garth Ennis, the mad genius behind "Preacher" and "The Boys," has done just that in his horrifying comic "Crossed."

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Good news, "Gravel" fans. The adaptation of the comic book created by Warren Ellis has finally got its director in the form of "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" opening credits director/VFX extraordinaire Tim Miller. And Ellis is pretty happy about that.

Deadline broke the news about Miller, adding that he is also currently attached to helm Fox's "Deadpool" adaptation. But Ellis later took to his website to say how happy he is that his "old friend" got the directing gig.

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Zombie Survival GuideBack in July, I was proud to bring you the exclusive scoop that author Max Brooks' "World War Z" and "Zombie Survival Guide" (as well as the "Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks" comics) had both been optioned by Paramount for live-action adaptations, with Brad Pitt attached to star in the "World War Z" movie.

With Brooks scheduled to make an appearance at this weekend's Long Beach Comic Con in support of "Recorded Attacks" and the rest of his zombie-friendly projects (as well as his recent "G.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds" miniseries), I caught up with the writer to get an update on his long list of current and future projects. What I didn't expect, however, was to find a fellow fan of Galador's greatest hero: Rom, Spaceknight.

MTV NEWS: You have a lot on you plate these days, so let's kick things off with "Recorded Attacks." How do you feel about the finished project there and the translation from smaller segments in the novel to a full-on comic book? Read More...

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Warren EllisDuring this year's Comic-Con in San Diego, I had the chance to sit down with "Red" creators Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner to discuss the upcoming film based on their comic book series, as well as various other projects each creator has in the works. Among those projects is "Gravel," the upcoming film based on Ellis' comic with artist Mike Wolfer, published by Avatar Press.

Announced back in October, the "Gravel" movie will get a first draft of its screenplay by Ellis himself, who will also serve as executive producer on the film for "Superman Returns" studio Legendary Pictures. The celebrated writer offered MTV News a brief update on the status of the film, as well as that of "Global Frequency," a television series based on one of his popular comics.

"I'm halfway through ['Gravel'] right now," Ellis told MTV News of the film's script. "I'm actually writing a new William Gravel story. It's a horror-action thing in the whole combat-magician mode of those books." Read More...

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Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks"World War Z" isn't the only zombie story from author Max Brooks headed for the big screen — both "The Zombie Survival Guide" and "The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks" graphic novel have also been optioned for adaptation.

While chatting up Brooks at the Avatar Press booth, the writer confirmed to MTV News that the adaption of his novel about the zombie apocalypse is not only moving forward, but Brad Pitt is now officially attached to star in the film. Additionally, Brooks revealed that Paramount has optioned the movie rights to "Zombie Survival Guide" and "Recorded Attacks."

Yes, Comic-Con is barely underway in San Diego and we already have some big news from the show floor! Read More...

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CrossedOne of the big announcements made just prior to this weekend's C2E2 convention was the news that "Preacher" creator Garth Ennis' grisly comic book series "Crossed" had been picked up for big-screen adaptation by Kickstart Productions.

Published by Avatar Press, the series follows a group of survivors beset by victims of a disease that makes people engage in all manner of deranged, vile and inhumane acts upon each other. The title of the series comes from the cross-shaped rash that develops on the faces of victims.

Similar to George Romero's "The Crazies," "Crossed" had an initial 10-issue run written by Ennis with art from Jacen Burrows. The acclaimed comic book writer is also writing the screenplay for the film, and I caught up with him during the convention to get more details about the big-screen project. Read More...

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April Fool'sApril Fools' Day is the one day of the calendar year on which you should probably avoid the internet — well, don't avoid Splash Page, but avoid everywhere else!

If you happen to stumble upon news today that Brandon Routh is playing Cyclops in "X-Men: First Class" or Robert Rodriguez is directing DC Entertainment's "Wonder Woman" adaptation, just remember what time of the year it is. In all likelihood, these scoops are bogus.

After the jump, we've rounded up a few of the hilarious and heartbreaking comic book and geek-related April Fool's pranks already making the rounds today. Read More...

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Black SummerVigilante Entertainment has optioned Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp’s comic book series “Black Summer” with Ryne Pearson ("Knowing") onboard to adapt the script.

Originally published in 2007 as a seven issue miniseries by Avatar Press, “Black Summer” chronicles the rise and fall of a superhero team called the Seven Guns—composed of scientist-adventurers who modified their bodies to gain powers—in the wake of one member's decision to kill the President of the United States and create a better government.

According to Variety, Vigilante Entertainment is a new company formed by Hicham Benkirane, the former head of audiovisual development at French comic book publisher Humanoids. Read More...

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FreakAngelsTHE STORY: "FreakAngels" by Warren Ellis (W) and Paul Duffield (A) - Avatar Press

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A group of super-powered misfits carve out their way in a flooded post-apocalyptic London that they helped destroy.

Personal issues and histories gradually complicate their situation as the story zooms out to show who and what lies beyond their urban fortress community of Whitechapel.

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Gravel“Gravel,” the comic book series by writer Warren Ellis and artist Mike Wolfer, has been optioned by "Superman Returns" producers Legendary Pictures–and the acclaimed writer will apparently be taking a much more active role in the project than he has with some of his previously optioned books.

According to Variety, Ellis will write the first draft of the “Gravel," screenplay, which is based on a series of limited and ongoing series published by Avatar Press and created by Ellis and artist Mike Wolfer. Ellis will also be an executive producer on the film. Read More...

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