Winter Soldier

There’s a story that often repeats itself in Hollywood. Creator/writer sells a script or story to a movie production company. Later, the creator/writer can’t hardly recognize any of their work besides the title and a couple of character names. Yeah, I’m looking at you World War Z. Thankfully, that’s not the case with Ed Brubaker and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


Brubaker is a terrific writer, if you haven’t read his run on Captain America or Daredevil, and even if you have, I highly recommend you pick up Brubaker and Sean Phillips‘ crime series, Criminal. It is a fantastic look at a life in crime. Brubaker is currently working with director David Slade to bring Coward, the first story arc in his and Phillips’ crime series Criminal to the big screen.

To set the stage we should say that Brubaker is no new comer to script writing, one could say it is in his family genes; his uncle is Oscar-nominated John Paxton (Crossfire, The Wild One). Now let’s talk about why we’re all here, Brubaker and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Brubaker recently sat down with USA Today to talk about a number of his projects, Criminal, Velvet, and Fatale. The interviewers took the opportunity to discuss Brubaker’s Winter Soldier work and asked:

Q. And fans will be able to see some of your fingerprints on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, out April 4. Is that going to be enjoyable for you to see them take one of your signature story lines and put it on screen?

A. I read the script and I was really blown away by it. The tone of it and the Bucky stuff is so perfect and the way I’d want it to be, I was so thrilled to see that. But to me the biggest thing, too, is it’s the first time Marvel has put out a movie where there’s a specific book the title of the movie relates to. And now they’re doing that with Avengers: Age of Ultron.

They’re putting out a hardcover collection of Captain America: Winter Soldier and that’s because that movie is coming out. That is the first time Marvel has one specific book to point people to, as opposed to when X-Men: First Class came out and there’s 15 trade paperbacks and people who see the movie don’t know which one to pick up. So it’s exciting, as the guy who gets royalties for that book.

It’s a relief to me that Brubaker is happy with the script and the tone it sets, his comment about the trade paperback is spot on. That kind of marketing can bring in new comic readers, and it’s nice to see the creator/writer earn some well deserved cash for their work.

What do you think? Does it really matter in the long run what the creator/writer thinks about the script for a movie? World War Z still made a boat-load of cash and will have a sequel.

Via: USA Today



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