Three years ago Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, yeah that guy) had been cast as the title character in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, with TMNT director Kevin Munroe set to direct
What? You’ve never heard of Dylan Dog? Don’t worry, most of the United States hasn’t. Hollywood doesn’t seem to think we would care to find out about it either, Dylan Dog has yet to find an American distributor. So why the hell are we talking about it?
Because you Nerdbastards SHOULD know about it. It’s bat-shit crazy. Written by Italian Tiziano Sclavi about a paranormal investigator based in London. Dark Horse comics reprinted the series in Dylan Dog Casefiles in 2009 with new cover art by Mike Mignola (Hellboy). You can probably find one at any of the bankrupt Borders stores or just wait for Amazon to totally screw up a sale on graphic novels again and get it for 75% off then.
It’s a big hit in Italy, like some kind of Indonesian Supergirl I hear. So the film is being released in Italy on March 16, 2011. The trailer is in Italian . . . go figure. Take a gander at it . . . gather your thoughts . . . reflect on life in general . . . then meet me down below.
OK, who else thought they were watching the Halloween special of an Italian soap opera? I kept waiting for the big music and face mugging at the camera to let me know when something important and emotional had happened.
So hearing Brandon in Italian was kinda weird. Overall I think this will be a fun ride. It’s like they crossed Blade with The Da Vinci Code. It’s got Kurt Angle in it . . . he’s a werewolf. Yes, wrestling superstar Kurt Angle . . . don’t get you WWF panties in a wad. You know it’s gotta be a movie of campy goodness with Kurt Angle or ANY wrestling superstar in it.
OH yeah . . . there was an English version released of the trailer. I just got some giggles making you check out the Italian version . . . I’m a Nerdbastard after all. You can check it out after the jump
(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.