The comic book movie is dominated by big name franchises like The Avengers and The Dark Knight – even Man of Steel is netting a ton of attention and it isn’t even out yet – but one comic book adaptation has been on the rise since 2007. According to Deadline, commercial director Dan Trachtenberg has been called upon to direct the long awaited Y: The Last Manfilm adaptation for New Line Cinema.
When a mysterious plague strikes, it kills every male mammal on Earth. It seems that the only exception is Yorick Brown, an amateur escape artist in New York, and his male Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The only two known males left on the planet to survive, the pair, under the order of the new President of the United States and protection of Agent 355, must travel in search of a brilliant geneticist and cloning expert in search of answers. All the while they must survive the dangers of the new world and those that would use Yorick’s survival to their own means.
It sounds like an awesome tale – and it is, as evidenced with a five Eisner Awards for Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Y: The Last Man is long overdue for the adaptation it deserves. I Am Number Four director D. J. Caruso was at one time attached to the script, but ultimately walked away from the project back in 2010 saying in an interview with MovieWeb:
“I didn’t think that you could take Yorick’s story and put it in to a two-hour movie and do it justice. That was sort of the difference. I think that New Line, working with Warner Bros. in their new relationship, just felt reluctant thinking that we can’t leave this thing open. If you are familiar with the comic book you know it’s just mind-boggling.”
This was based on Caruso’s hope to see the Vertigo series become a film trilogy and that could still happen with Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia‘s new draft of the script.
As for Trachtenberg, the studio is pretty confident that he’s the right man for the job – if you’ve seen the Portal: No Escapeshort film, you’d agree as well. If you can turn a seven minute film into over eleven million views (at this point in time), you reserve the right to stick your foot in the doorway of Hollywood at least once.
Anxious to see All You Need Is Kill, the Doug Liman adaptation of the Japanese graphic novel of the same name? Well don’t fret because Warner Bros and Village Roadshow are getting ready to unleash it on you a whole week early.
Deadline is reporting the studios are pulling Kill from its previous March 14th, 2014 release date and will instead now come out a week earlier on March 7th, 2014. The reasoning is perhaps to get Kill, the story of a soldier played by Tom Cruise who’s stuck in a time loop reliving the day he died in a war against alien invaders, out in front of Disney’s Maleficent, the live-action re-telling of Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie as the titular villainess. Instead, Kill’s new release date will pit it against Sony’s Invertigo, the next film from D.J. Caruso (Disturbia).
So mark that down on your calendars, Bastards, All You Need Is Kill starring Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Charlotte Riley, is coming out March 7, not 14, in the year 2014. And now, for something completely hilarious
When we last spoke about the ‘Preacher‘ live-action adaptation ( seen here) D.J. Caruso was tweeting that he was going to direct the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon created comic book series. Well, that was back in February, he was still directing I Am Number 4 and he had to remain more tight-lipped then Arseface in church. Now that his newest film has been released internationally he’s been opening up and chatting it up like crazy. During an interview with the French website CloneWeb to promote I Am Number 4 the talk shifted from teenage alien heroes to a man hunting for God himself.
For those of you who don’t know about Preacher,
Preacher 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 an Irish vampire named Cassidy, Custer sets out across America to track down the almighty and force him to explain why he abandoned creation.
While casting hasn’t even begun, D.J. has been receiving a variety of messages from actors that want to be in this movie. You only ask to be in a movie if you’re desperate, or you think the film is gonna be huge, and with names like these asking it must be gigantic! He said Chris Pine wants to play Jesse, Shia LaBeouf wants to be Arseface (not far from anything he’s done) and Alex Pettyfer wants to play the Saint of Killers. In their sit down interview with CloneWeb the conversation shifts over to Preacher at about the 1:50 mark and continues, in it’s own little way, straight towards the end.
Notice they said “Yesterday” when talking about Preacher, making this seem like they purposely turned it over to focus on his new project. Caruso has passion for the Preacher series however and it shows in this interview, given how he explains his stance on he’d like to approach this new endeavour. As for the cast…….What do you think?
It was recently rumored that I have a big penis. This is not true. Truth is it’s enormous (OK, not really. Just party sized). Earlier this month, rumor talk also suggested that D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, I am Number 4) may direct a big screen adaptation of the comic Preacher, scripted by John August (Go, Big Fish). Today Caruso confirmed via his twitter account he has officially closed his deal, and is set to direct the movie.
My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty fucking pumped!
For those of you who don’t know about Preacher,
Preacher was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, and 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 an Irish vampire named Cassidy, Custer sets out across America to track down the almighty and force him to explain why he abandoned creation.
While we wait we on official press release, we can speculate on what all this means. A script by John August is promising and Caruso directing is OK. Not great, but OK. He’s great with directing action and capturing people’s raw emotions. However, DJ directing a film like Preacher just doesn’t seem to fit. Real question is, how the hell can they adapt a 9 volume comic series into one 2 hour plus flick? Well, according to producer Neil Moretz this will be the first in a series of Preacher films, and they want it to be rated ‘R’. Oh, that sounds nice.
Whatever the outlook, I’m just excited the movie is getting made. Preacher is one of the most violent, offensive, rude, meaningful pieces of literature. It’s got vampires, guns, babes, ass-faced men, angels and a whole bunch of awesome.
What are your thoughts in Caruso possibly taking on this film project?