News and Updates From Around The Web
The other day came word that Amazon was set to collaborate with “Preacher” executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on a new TV series based on a comic.
A script order has been given with the project being eyed for a possible straight-to-series pickup, but at the time it wasn’t certain which property it was.
Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong.
“Sorry, I got blood on it.”
Gotham by Gaslight is a DC Comics one-shot by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, with inks by P. Craig Russell. It spawned a sequel, Master of the Future (1991), also written by Augustyn, but with drawings by Eduardo Barreto.
Although not originally labeled as such, Gotham by Gaslight is considered to be the first Elseworlds story, where DC Comics heroes are taken out of their usual setting and put into alternate timelines or realities. Subsequent printings have included the “Elseworlds” logo.
Last night I headed out to Wondercomics in Yucaipa, CA to join them in celebrating the midnight release of Dark Knights: Metal. For those who are unfamiliar with it, this is DC’s newest annual crossover comic book event. Normally, I avoid midnight release parties like the plague because I hadn’t been excited for any comic book titles. The last midnight book release I went to was for the last Harry Potter book.
What brought me out this time? Well, while I was at San Diego Comic Con this year I happened across an image for the cover. It contained the Bat symbol over a gear. As hard I could try, I couldn’t make it past the crazy crowd in my wheelchair so I was unable to get into the DC booth to gain more information. Continue reading
We already knew a Good Omens miniseries was heading to Amazon next year—but now we know who’ll be starring in the Neil Gaiman-Terry Pratchett adaptation, which will run for six one-hour episodes: Michael Sheen and David Tennant. Can you guess who’ll play which role?
According to Variety:
The show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon, aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist. Sheen will play the role of Aziraphale, while Tennant will play Crowley.
The show is based on Gaiman’s first novel, which he co-wrote with the late Terry Pratchett (Discworld); though the Good Omens miniseries has been in the works for awhile now, the success of Starz’ American Gods show means Gaiman adaptations are definitely having A Moment. For his part, Sheen—who’s had a distinguished career, but we’ll always love him for his knowing performance in the Twilight movies—tells Variety, “I first read ‘Good Omens’ as a teenager and it’s been one of my [favorite] stories ever since.” No statement from Tennant, but there’s been no shortage of news about the Doctor Who actor of late, considering his current stint as Scrooge McDuck on the new DuckTales, and today’s reveal that he’ll (somehow) be back for the second season of Jessica Jones.
Kong on the Planet of the Apes follows the events of the first Planet of the Apes movie from 1968, with Dr. Zaius and General Ursus leading a group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone. Much to their surprise, they’re greeted by none other than Kong. From there, they travel to Skull Island to discover the truth, but will they survive the journey? Considering this is an out of continuity crossover, it’s probably safe to bet some classic characters are going to see their doom. Continue reading
The other day came comments from Karl Urban that he’s had discussions with the makers of the upcoming “Judge Dredd: Mega City One” TV series to reprise the titular role he played in 2012’s “Dredd”.
Now, series producer Jason Kingsley has released a statement to IGN about the matter along with two new pieces of concept art. Kingsley says:
“We have been in discussions with Karl about his possible involvement in Judge Dredd: Mega-City One for some time. These conversations continue but we’re keen, he’s keen – it’s just a case of us making sure this show is everything we want it to be.
This needs to be done right – the fans deserve it. Our team is working hard on scripts for the first season, creating engaging multi-thread storylines, one of which will be Dredd’s but others which take us into the wider world of Mega-City One.”
The ensemble drama follows a team of Judges – futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner – as they encounter the myriad challenges of a world in which east-coast cities have merged into a giant megalopolis.
Despite the 22nd century setting, the issues will be familiar ones of the dangers of domestic terrorism to the tensions due to economic disparity.
Netflix has announced that they have acquired comic book publisher Millarworld, the company founded by “Kingsman,” “Wanted” and “Kick Ass” creator Mark Millar.
With the acquisition, the first ever for the streaming giant, Netflix and Millar plan to adapt the company’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises into films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally.
Potential titles include a bunch of Millar’s most notable original work including “Jupiter’s Legacy/Circle,” “Empress,” “Chrononauts,” “Starlight,” “Superior,” “Nemesis” – so long as there’s no complications of rights with other studios. Continue reading
HBO and Amazon are developing their respective controversial alt-history series Confederate and Black America for the small screen, but Studio 8 is aiming bigger with Black. With its premise of a nation where only African-Americans possess superpowers, the comic series from Black Mask Studios has been optioned for a feature by the Jeff Robinov-founded company.
Studio 8 EVP Creative Jon Silk brought the project into the fold and will oversee its development with executive Rishi Rajani. Representing Black Mask as well as the Black creators, the deal was with Studio 8 negotiated by Matthew Sugarman at the L.A. office of Weintraub Tobin. Continue reading
A sequel to the 1993 stop-motion film The Nightmare Before Christmas is coming from TOKYOPOP in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey will be written by TOKYOPOP founder Stuart J. Levy (under his pen name ‘DJ Milky’), with art by Studio DICE. Zero’s Journey will follow Skellington’s Dog after he gets lost in Christmas Town.
In a departure for TOKYOPOP, Zero’s Journey will be released as a full-color minsieries before its release as a graphic novel.
In 2001, creator/producer Tim Burton convinced Disney to cancel a planned CGI sequel to the cult-favorite film. A sequel of sorts did come in 2004, however, with the video game The Nightmare BEfore Christmas: Ogie’s Revenge, with input from Burton.
After a hiatus of several years, TOKYOPOP relaunched in 2016 with Disney as one of its first licensors. One of the earliest books out of this deal was a reprinting of manga-ka Jun Asaka’s The Nightmare Before Christmas adaptation.