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We heard a while back that Dan Trachtenberg would be directing the film adaptation of the Vertigo comic series, Y: The Last Man.  Since then, we’ve pretty much heard nothing about its progress. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

It’s understandable because there are a lot of logistics that need to be worked out with a story like this; many other people have considered adapting the post-apocalyptic story for the big screen but it just hasn’t been a thing.  Until now.  News has surfaced that Y: The Last Man may begin filming next year.  Woah.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the premise, Y: The Last Man explores a world after all mammals with Y chromosomes are destroyed and the journey of a guy named Yorick and his money, Ampersand… who happen to have Y chromosomes and are still alive. Go figure.  It’s pretty awesome.  Read it.

Anyway. Producer David Goyer spoke to Crave Online briefly about this project:

We’ve got a script that’s as close as it’s ever been, so knock on wood. That could go into production next year… The first movie is meant to function as a standalone, but hopefully continue. Hopefully there will be others.

Time to keep our eyes peeled to see who gets cast once the producers get around to that.

What do you guys think about it possibly being just one standalone film?  There has been talk about it best being explored as multiple films or even as a TV series.  Do you think they’ll be able to do it justice in what may be just one film?  (Chances are it’ll be successful enough that the studio will want to make more for the simple fact of making more moolah. As long as they churn out half-decent goods, they will continue to be reinforced. So it’s likely we’ll see more.)

Source: /Film, Crave Online

So…About That ‘Fables’ TV Series

I shouldn’t have to start this post with an explanation on what Fables is (’cause y’all should really know), but it’s a fairly super-uber popular fantasy comic-book series by Bill Willingham and Vertigo comics. The series deals with various characters from fairy tales and folklore – Snow White, Prince Charming, the Big Bad Wolf (in human form)- who escaped from an invasion of their magical world to form a secret community in the heart of New York City. Fables, – in brief overview-  weaves together action-packed, gritty plots with a touch of sex, plenty of splattered gore, and plenty of quirky twists. It’s an essential nerd read.

Anyway, back in 2008 Vertigo’s Fables was to be translated to a live-action television series on ABC. Warner Bros. was to produce a 1 hour pilot written by Six Degrees’ Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner. I speak in the passed tense, because nothing has come of it since the announcement was made. What the deuce is going on? Well here is Bill Willingham himself to clear things up… sorta.

In an interview with io9, Bill Willingham briefly talked about any news he had on the chances of seeing the previously announced Fables TV series originally set to air on ABC in 2008:

None whatsoever. I am the last person to know about things like that. Through rumors of rumors of mistellings of legends, I understand that the new DC regime was very much interested in getting Fables going. The TV show that was prematurely announced is probably dead — don’t hold me to that, because I don’t know. Hopefully, I’ll know before it airs, but I’m kind of out of the loop.

Fables is one under-rated piece of work…a true cult brilliant scene. It would make a very, very cool and different television series , but with no known(if any) start date and no news from Warner Bros. or ABC we can not even be sure when or if we will see the comic series hit the silver screen.

source: io9

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Just after the news broke about Christopher Nolan wanting Darren Aronofsky to direct the new Superman reboot, a story (which broke on newsarama) is making it’s way across the interwebs that says he’s also up for the directors chair on DC’s Vertigo comic, Preacher.
Preacher, based on the Vertigo series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon that ran in the late 90’s, tells the story of Texas reverend Jesse Custer who, after merging with the escaped offspring of a demon and an angel, find himself imbued with the word of God, the power to command anyone to do his bidding. Teamed with his ex girlfriend, Tulip O’Hare, and and Irish vampire named Cassidy, Custer sets outs across America to track down the almighty and force him to explain why he abandoned creation.

Preacher has been rumored for development almost as far back as the series’ debut in 1995, but was most recently in development with Sam Mendes directing and a script in the works from John August. It is uncertain whether or not Aronofsky, if he took the project, would work from the same.

At any rate, you can just add this to the list of ‘potential’ projects sent Aronofsky’s way. He’s an acclaimed director with some serious nerd street cred, so his name is bound to come up in choices for projects like Batman 3, Preacher and even Wolverine 2, which has name was also tossed around for.

WOLVERINE 2? SUPERMAN? PREACHER? What would you like to see him direct?

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(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

For over a decade Vertigo comic book series ‘Preacher‘ has been through it’s own stations of the cross. Now it can add the station of a new director to it’s holy book. A while back it was announced director Sam Mendes would helm the project but he’s now off to pursue the next James Bond film. Thanks to a recent, all be it, small interview with Total film producer Neil Mortez gave up some more details on the man with “the word of God”:

“John (August, the screen writer) has done a really faithful adaptation but made it probably more accessible to a broader audience”“The movie is definately R rated. And its an amazing central character”“Another unnamed director has apparently signed on”

Another unnamed director, who the hell is it gonna be? Well, John August (The Nines) is showing interest in directing this badboy. After all he wrote this adaptation, along with a wishlist of directors he and Mortez would like to replace Mendes. Yet, the best and most logical director would be the made who helped reboot the A-team, Joe Carnahan:

“I’m kind of desperate to do another comic book adaptation…And the other thing I’m really keen on or interested in is ‘Preacher’ because I’m a big Garth Ennis fan and I love that series and that’s out there, and that might be something…I really love that. You gotta do the Allfather (D’Aronique) and all that crazy shit and I haven’t seen a script and I don’t know what it is, but yeah, we’ll see. Who knows?”

Hopefully they don’t have another case of ‘Ghostbuster 3’ on their hands with this one. Being part of a film chalk full of false starts since 1998 is like playing hopscotch with one leg. Having directors like Robert Rodriguez once attached to your project once had meaning. Now it means that we could never have this see the light of day and the next director filling like a clean-up batter.

The official plot synopsis from the graphic novel follows:

“Here’s a book guaranteed to offend a bunch of people, not only because of its profuse profanity and graphic violence, but because it’s the epitome of iconoclasm. Like a brutal accident, you can’t watch but you can’t turn away. The story follows an ex-preacher man, Jesse, who has become disgusted with God’s abandoning of His responsibilities. So Jesse starts off into the wilds of Texas with his hitman girlfriend and new best friend (a vampire) to find God so that he can give Him a piece of his mind. Despite its superficial perversity, this book contains what may be the most moral character in mainstream comics. A cult hit in the making.”

With 75 issues from 1995 to 2000 under Vertigo’s belt you might as well buy the entire series. In another 6 months this film will have another director and people will still be bitching, the church should get their confessional booths ready now.

source: slashfilm

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