(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
Based on Italy’s best selling comic book, selling a million copies a month, Dylan Dog finally gets live action treatment. Created in Italy by Tiziano Sclavi, Dylan Dog is a private investigator of the paranormal. Being almost unheard of in North America, this film already looks like something kicked out of it’s CW’s weekly television spot. Called Dead of night, it’s stars Brandon Routh(Superman Returns)as title character Dylan Dog and set in New Orleans film has already been way overdue. Set to be released on halloween of this year it’s already been delayed to march of 2011 and it’s just getting into post production now!
Having your film getting delayed six months from now is one thing but when your film looks like it’s going to be the replacement series for Smallville that’s another. Hyde Park Entertainment must be banking on the audiences of films like Hellboy and Sherlock Holmes for it success. While containing the big 3 of horror monsters (Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies) hopes of this movie hitting it big are sailing fast. It might help that its main baddie, Vargas, is being played by Taye Diggs (of TV’s Private Practice) andit’s female lead is none other than Anita Briem (Journey to the center of the earth). Loaded with cheesy one liners and cheap effects is most likely going for a PG-13 rating. Did I mention it was being directed by Kevin Munroe, a man who’s first time directing a movie was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2007.
If they somehow edit this movie into a suitable viewing experience Dead of night might surprise people or turn into one of the best flops of 2011. Having switched settings (it was originally in London) and not containing comedy side-kick, Groucho Marx impersonator Groucho (now an undead side-kick, Marcus played by Sam Huntington), the film may confuse a great deal of people unfamiliar with it’s content.That’s going to be everyone outside if Italy. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night might be a sleeping hit or a big sleeper, its all going to depend on which direction they have taken the film.
When this movie is finally released in 2011, walk in with an open mind or you might end up walking out before it even starts. Dylan Dog may become a best picture nominee for all we know.