Oi, you know how you know your old? When you realize comics you felt like you were reading just yesterday date back to 1996.
So, back in 1996 there was a very successful comic-book series known as Darkchylde. It was the story of a cursed teen, Ariel Chylde, who can become the creatures from her many nightmares, and had to save her small town from the forces of darkness she set free. It was kinda like Buffy the Vampire Slayer except not as fluffy and with out the Whedon talk of ending every other word with a Y (like Demony). For it’s first nine-month run, the comic series outsold every other popular title including Spider-Man and Superman Marvel and DC’s respectively best selling comics at the time. After a relatively successful run the comic fizzled out of the spotlight and went back into the Darkness from which in came.
Now, after years of debate whether to turn the property into an animated series or big budget, studio film, Randy Queen, creator and now head of Darkchylde Entertainment, has decided to pursue the live-action route: but on his own terms. The comics author has allied himself with Richard Taylor, and the Academy Award Winning Weta Workshop, to create a small budget Darkchylde film that will both strictly adhere to the source material and please the character’s cult following. Here is a message from Queen his fans:
“What we’re showcasing..is hard won, self produced, test footage for a proposed 20-25 million budgeted Darkchylde film. We are the underdogs, so it’s important to not expect Avatar or Iron Man footage, you know? We’re giving a glimpse behind the curtain of a smaller, more intimate horror film we are cultivating, something on the scale of Carrie, but with a more impressive FX resource for Ariel’s dreamscapes and the creatures she becomes.”
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“If I can draw it, we can shoot it, it’s just a matter of getting the right people involved. I’m not interested in having someone give me a nickel to go away so they can reverse engineer something that doesn’t need it. We’ve spent 8 years carefully cultivating this film project, and Weta’s celebrated craftsmanship ensures a certain artistic integrity as a personal sentiment for horror fans. A lot of love has gone into creating the haunted world of Ariel Chylde. Most interesting is that every time she sheds her skin, a new creature emerges we’ve never seen before, so audiences never know what to expect. It’s a terrific, market proven concept, and as a fright fan, I want to see the new ideas. I want to see fresh characters that could become as vital to this generation as Freddy, Jason and Michael were to mine, and at this budget level, well crafted horror shows terrific return. We’ve got the script. Darkchylde is ready to fly. We are actively seeking producing partners and independent financing.”
Personally, I think a feature length film is the wrong way to go. I think the property lends itself much more to television. Since Buffy, we really haven’t had any strong female driven action shows (with staying power that is). Darkchylde is the next closest thing to the ass-kicking babe, supernatural genre. The CW would totally go for it.
I have to commend Mr. Queen though, for seeing his vision through and not letting studio doo doo heads tamper with his material. The test footage does make make me a bit nervous, it’s got SYFY channel “creature feature of the month”‘written all over it, but then again it’s just test footage. It’s unfair to judge at this point. Regardless seeing a comic, ass-kicking, demon babe of my youth come to life tickles my nerd taint. I wish all best for Mr. Queen and hope a studio shares his vision.