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Vertigo

Comic fans who have been reading books for a number of years know that it’s not all about tights, round shields, powerful armor, and magic hammers–there is a whole world of books out there dealing with magic, heaven & hell, life, death, and everything in-between. The DC Vertigo imprint has been gaining in popularity across media platforms lately due to successful translations of series like iZombie, Preacher, Lucifer, and Constantine with several films such as A History of Violence, Stardust, and V for Vendetta to name a few.

Don’t get us wrong–we aren’t complaining about these missing titles, but even though development is underway for Y: The Last Man (Which we are incredibly excited to see), there are some Vertigo books that desperately need the small screen treatment. Of the dozens of books the company has put out over the years, we have come up with the following five that need to be developed for the small screen. (more…)

Like Constantine and Preacher before it, another Vertigo title is heading to the television screen. The newest addition to the family is a series called Scalped, based on the comics by Jason Aaron and  R.M. Guéra, and it will be coming to WGN America.

Having ordered a pilot in 2016, Scalped, is now finally underway. Deadline reports that the upcoming TV series has found their leading man in actor.  (more…)

‘Sandman’ Movie Faces Yet Another Setback

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One of the most successful comic series in the past fifty years, Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman has won numerous awards and accolades, inspired a range of spin-offs and garnered an enormous cult following that continues to grow by the day, despite the comics now being nearly thirty years old. In 2005, IGN declared Sandman the best Vertigo comic ever published. The spin-off television series, Lucifer, was renewed for a second season in April this year. Despite meeting with the kind of success that most comic creators can only dream of, Sandman has still not been made into a feature film. (more…)

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The ’87 cult classic horror-comedy The Lost Boys has proven to be almost impossible to measure up to when dealing with sequels. Some straight-to-DVDs have been attempted, but none gathered as much momentum as the original film, featuring Kiefer Sutherland as the charismatic vampire leader David, and the wily antics of the dynamic duo Corey Feldman and Corey Haim.  The newest plan to resurrect the franchise features one difference that may turn the tide in a more favorable direction: a comic book miniseries format, brought to you by Vertigo. (more…)

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After being rejected by HBO for being ‘too edgy’ even by their standards, getting turned down for movie adaptation (starring James Marsden) then a movie again (directed by D.J. Caruso) before it was finally picked up by AMC, Preacher, much like its comic-book source material, has a long and winding tale to tell. The development team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been picking and prodding at the original work in an effort to turn it into TV material and we’re finally going to get our chance to see it, now that we’ve finally got a definitive release date… 

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After years of hype, more hype and the occasional production hiccup, Garth Ennis’ magnum opus Preacher finally gets a premiere screening date for SXSW 2016. For those unfamiliar with the work, Preacher was a limited series comic book published by Vertigo and it featured the raunchy misadventures of Jesse Custer (superpowered ex-Preacher extraordinaire), Tulip (jilted ex with a handcanon) and Cassidy (fiction’s best-worst vampire). The series used its gratuitous amounts of violence, sexual innuendo and pitch-black humor to answer such questions as: ‘what is the responsibility of God to man and vice versa’ and ‘does absolute power corrupt absolutely, if you aren’t an utter bastard’?

So comic book fans, rejoice! Garth Ennis mega-fans…curb your enthusiasm. Because apparently, the TV adaptation is not going to be the kind of show you were looking for…

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FX Looking to Turn ‘Y: The Last Man’ into a TV Series

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There’s a great big world of comic books beyond superhero stories. For example, the biggest series on basic cable, The Walking Dead, is based on a long-running black and white comic book where there’s nary a super-power or cape and cowl in sight. Hollywood now seems to be turning to that idea non-superhero comics might make good TV. Preacher is currently in production to air sometime next year on AMC, and this after years of attempted development to turn it into a feature film. And now, according to sources, another Vertigo comic, Y: The Last Man, is about to follow a similar course. (more…)

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This is another story about why it seems like Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment don’t seem to be entirely sure that they know what they’re doing so far as movies based on DC Comics characters are concerned. Today’s installment of “What are they thinking?” brings us back to the subject of Justice League Dark, the proposed adaptation of DC’s premier supernatural super-team by fan favorite filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the project, and now we can reveal why: it’s over. Well, at least for del Toro. In other news, Warners is doing some shuffling, certain comic book projects will be fronted by them, and others will be fronted by New Line. You know, the pressing stuff. (more…)

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After years in development hell, the new series based on the DC Comics/Vertigo title Preacher seems to be really coming together. Under the auspices of the cable channel AMC and executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the casting process for the series has been going full-force the last week, and now another important piece of the acting puzzle’s been filled. When Jesse Custer departs on his trip across America to find God next year, he will have the assistance of one of the most important characters from the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon graphic novel. Hint: he drinks blood. At least when he’s not drinking alcohol. (more…)

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We haven’t heard much about the Fables movie since it was announced almost two years ago. Fans of Bill Willingham‘s Vertigo series were ecstatic, and we were too, but then it seemed to just fade away. Just like some of your favorite fairy tale memories fade with time. Well we might be hearing more soon because the project is finally moving forward with an additional screen writer assigned to turn Willingham’s comic book masterpiece into a workable big screen script. Who’s been tagged with the writing chore? We’ve given you a hint in the title… (more…)