by 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."
You may know Garth Ennis from all his work in the comic book world, but now he’s taking on a new role: movie writer and director.
The "Preacher" and "The Boys" writer has directed a short film, “Stitched,” which is about soldiers in Afghanistan. It's also part of a bigger picture, because it sets up a continuing comic story and another anticipated movie down the line.
Speaking with Bleeding Cool, Ennis said where the idea for the movie originated: “‘Stitched’ began as little more than a series of images, really – three little figures stumbling across a barren landscape, exhausted people struggling to survive against the odds, blood on the rocks of the mountains, and lots of frantic, close-in combat.”
As one-half of the creative team behind "The Boys," writer Garth Ennis knows a thing or two about what makes his superhero-policing black ops squad work on the page — and, as I discovered in an interview with the popular author, what makes them ripe for big-screen adaptation, too.
"I do think 'The Boys' will be reasonably simple to make into a film — much easier than 'Preacher,'" Ennis told MTV News during last month's C2E2 convention in Chicago.
Comparing "The Boys" to his well-known Vertigo series that's had potential adaptations in the works for almost a decade now, the writer said the difference between "Preacher" and "The Boys" is that "once you start plucking enough of 'Preacher' to make a two-hour film, you have to leave so much out of it. And once you start taking bits out of it, the whole lot collapses."
"On the other hand, it would be quite easy to take 'The Boys' and take the core team of five and just have them as a team that surveils and occasionally beats up superheroes," he explained. "That's a simple enough concept that you could isolate it and put into a two-hour film as a self-contained story." Read More...
One 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...
When moviegoers finally get a chance to see director Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass" this weekend, they'll leave the theater begging for another ass-kicking courtesy of the characters created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
While another "Kick-Ass" outing isn't immediately on the horizon just yet, our esteemed Splash Page Guest Editor has the next best thing to satisfy your "Kick-Ass" fix — reading recommendations!
Once you've regained consciousness from the roundhouse kick of awesome that "Kick-Ass" is sure to deliver, Millar recommends the following comic book reading experiences to keep your "Kick-Ass" cravings satisfied. Read More...
Back in 2008, it was announced that "Clash of the Titans" screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay had been signed by Kickstart Productions and Columbia Pictures to adapt Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's "The Boys"; an ongoing series published by Dynamite Entertainment which follows a super-powered CIA squad tasked with watching over superheroes and keeping them in line — often in brutal fashion.
While details about the film adaption have since been scarce, Manfredi and Hay recently indicated that they have completed a script for "The Boys" and that a director is currently being sought for the project.
During an interview with Superhero Hype, Hay said "The Boys" was "a total dream project for us because we're such huge fans of the book and of Garth Ennis." Read More...
There’s been no shortage of comic books jumping from the shelves to the big screen lately, but as any fan will attest, there are still a lot of great books out there flying below Hollywood’s radar. In this weekly feature, we’ll take a look at stories that merit attention from filmmakers — and offer some thoughts on why (and how) they should be brought to the big screen.
THE STORY: "Streets of Glory" by Garth Ennis and Mike Wolfer
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Writer Garth Ennis previously earned the attention of Hollywood for his irreverent, adult-oriented take on organized religion in "Preacher," but he turned his focus to the Wild West in 2007's "Streets of Glory." The six-issue series follows a gunfighter in his twilight years as he's forced to confront danger from both his bloody past and the industrialization that will bring an end to the era.
White-haired, hard-nosed and weathered by the sins of his past, Joseph R. Dunn is well aware that he's a holdover from a rapidly closing chapter in American history. His efforts to peacefully transition into whatever future awaits an old gunslinger are complicated by various forces, including a terrifying enemy from his past, looking to bring an early end to him and the way of life he represents. Read More...
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hays have been tapped to adapt Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's highly-controversial comic series "The Boys" for the previously-announced upcoming feature film.
Best known for their work on "Aeon Flux," "The Tuxedo" and "Crazy/Beautiful," Manfredi and Hay will adapt the project which follows a top-secret branch of the CIA that monitors superheroes. In this world, however, superheroes behave like over-privileged celebrities, often engaging in adult -- and illegal -- activities. The series made headlines around comic websites a year ago when it was unceremoniously dropped from DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint, with rumors pointing to its highly-adult subject matter, and eventually found it way to Dynamite Entertainment.
It was announced earlier that Neal H. Moritz and his Columbia-based Original Films, along with Kickstart's Jason Netter and Ken Levin will be producing the film.
Think Hollywood will be able to pull off a "Boys" adaptation without an X-rating? Let us know in the comments.
Virgin Comics -- the high-profile joint publishing venture between Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, author Deepak Chopra, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur -- has officially shut down its New York-based office (which oversaw its comic book publishing division) and laid-off staff, according to Publishers Weekly. This morning, Virgin Comics CEO and cofounder Sharad Devarajan made an official statement which can be read after the jump.
Launched in early 2006, Virgin Comics' goal was to create a series of superhero and adventure comics inspired by Indian/Hindu mythology, which could also be parlayed into film properties. However, one of the publisher's main draws in the hopes of pulling in readers and Hollywood interest was the combinations of established directors -- such as John Woo, Guy Ritchie and Ed Burns -- and well-known comic book writers like Mike Carey, Jeff Parker and Garth Ennis. The company also worked with celebrities like Nicolas Cage, Jenna Jameson and musician Dave Stewart. Read More...
If “Watchmen” and “Wanted” can work for the big screen – one by being faithful to the source, the other by ignoring it -- what other "unfilmable" comics might be ripe for big-screen adaptation? Yesterday we talked about "Lost Girls," "Sandman" and "It's A Bird." Today we're asking, how about:
Garth Ennis' "Preacher" -- Producer Neal Moritz is shopping this around to studios -- all it takes is one visionary who can see the potential in anti-hero Jesse Custer. He's got the "word of God," which gives him the power to command people to do whatever he wants -- and it ain't pretty ("Eat your gun," for instance). The story gets more blasphemous towards the climax, so don't get skittish -- just adapt the beginning, as he teams up with ex-girlfriend Tulip and vampire Cassidy to set out on his quest to find God. Read More...