Thomas Jane has played the Frank Castle, Mickey Mantle, a member of the Vegan Police, Jonah Hex, a soldier, a gigolo and more, but the thing that is most impressive about the every-man actor is his mind for comics.
More than a fan of the medium, I spoke at length with Jane about pre-code comics, Bruce Jones, and adapting the cult horror film (which and short story Dark Country (which Jane directed) to a wordless graphic novel by Thomas Ott. After that, we spoke about the future of comic book inspired films and I asked him if he’s done with The Punisher. (more…)
Deadline is reporting that writer/director/producer Chris Columbus (Harry Potter) will team with brothers Dan and Josh Braun to bring Creepy comics (and hopefully Uncle Creepy) to the big screen. Born in the mid 1960s, Creepy ran for 19 years until 1983 when it ceased. Dan Braun, an advertising professional, documentary filmmaker, and former rock musician who occasionally played at the CBGB in the early 80s, bought the rights to both Creepy and it’s sister horror anthology magazine, Eerie in 2007 and re-launched them. They are presently a part of the Dark Horse family.
Pulp horror fans who are a bit too young to know of the original Creepy will surely know Tales From the Crypt, the HBO series that celebrated the old 1950s EC comic book. That show ran from 1989-1996 and was, really, the last great horror anthology show/film, following in the footsteps of The Outer Limits (though that was more sci-fi), Creepshow, The Twilight Zone, and others. Now Columbus and company are doubtlessly looking to pay homage to those descendant and push the boundaries of this mostly abandoned genre — I for one can’t wait.