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Sherlock Holmes stories have entertained readers since Sir Author Conan Doyle’s character was introduced in 1887. The detective has solved numerous mysteries and faced some of literature’s smartest villains. The most notorious of Holmes’ nemesis has to be Professor Moriarty, the “Napoleon of Crime” as the great detective called him. The battle between these two has been used in stories and parodies by other authors for over a century. A new story from that world, Moriarty, Volume 1, The Dark Chamber from Image Comics hits shelves this week. By a self-proclaimed “lifelong Holmes fan,” Daniel Corey, the trade paperback is the stylish tale of a much older Moriarty being drawn into the hunt for a new criminal mastermind bent on causing serious mayhem in London and claiming the crown of greatest criminal mastermind that the Professor used to hold.
From MTV News
Ever since the “World War Z” film synopsis hit the Internets last month, the most loyal fans of the beloved Max Brooks novel have been up in arms about the fact that the movie is trading out Brooks’ post-war setting in favor of having star Brad Pitt’s character, a U.N. staffer, fight to stop the Zombie pandemic from wiping out the entire population.
MTV News recently caught up with director Marc Forster during the Toronto International Film Festival where he was promoting his upcoming film “Machine Gun Preacher” to find out how he is approaching the translation of Brooks’ novel from page to big screen.
“The idea, obviously the book is not written as a narrative, you try to take things from the book, but at same time you’re changing certain things,” Forster explained. “I do feel we’re trying to keep it in the spirit of the book because it’s important.
Forster said that he realizes the fans want as faithful an adaptation as possible, which he wants to stay true to, but at the same time he has to make a movie that stands on its own.
“We are doing our own film, telling our own story because we had to,” he said. “But trying to still include as much as we can from the book.”
Forster went on to say that one of the biggest points of discussion or contention is deciding how the zombies move.
“In Max Brook’s book they move in the George Romero fashion. I feel like we have a little bit different approach,” he revealed. “But it doesn’t exclude that they might not eventually be fashioned how George Romero’s zombies move, it’s just a little bit different approach,” Forster said. “I think that will probably be the biggest discussions that there will be.”
From Bleeding Cool
Bleeding Cool, understands that the supernatural mystery comic Hope Falls, by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood has been optioned byFuture Films, one of the production companies behind such recent films as The American and The Eagle, with an eye to starting production in the near future.
Hope Falls is a comic about a girl who returns to her home town after twenty years, who is then revealed to have been murdered by a group of men who are now prominent town citizens, and she’s out for some supernatural revenge. It was recently republished in an“Ultimate” Hope Falls edition.
Publishers Markosia and writer Tony Lee declined to comment when approached by Bleeding Cool.
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CA – Moriarty Signing
Daniel Corey (PROPHET) and Anthony Diecidue (Stan Lee’s TIME JUMPER) sign on September 14th, starting at 7:00 P.M., at Meltdown Comics for the release of MORIARTY VOL1 TP from Image Comics.
MORIARTY VOL1 TP, which collects issues #1-4 of the ongoing series, takes place 20 years after the death of Sherlock Holmes, and Professor James Moriarty is a lost man. MI5 blackmails Moriarty into finding Holmes’ long-lost brother, Mycroft, but what at first appears to be a routine case leads to a web of intrigue that involves a psychic box and its creator, a woman from Moriarty’s past, as well as a new villain that threatens to be greater than Moriarty ever was! See how Moriarty deals with love, loss, war and death rays in the critically acclaimed Image Comics series MORIARTY.
The MORIARTY autograph event will take place in Los Angeles at Meltdown Comics on September 14th, 2011 from 7-9 P.M. at 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. For more information, please call (323) 851-7223.
Justin White- Necro-Sapien, Artist “Zombie Kill Squad”
Justin White is the founder of Necro-Sapien Press Illustration and Graphic Design. He is also the art director for Forbidden Panel Publishing where his artwork is featured in the comic book “Zombie Kill Squad” and the upcoming “The Graves”.
Come see Justin at the Comikaze Expo
From Dark Horizons
Earlier this week came word that the planned reboot of the “Hellraiser” franchise at Dimension Films looks to have died on the vine.
“Drive Angry” duo Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier were attached to the remake but they toldBloody Disgusting that while they presented numerous different takes on the property to the studio, they “never saw eye to eye creatively” and so they’re no longer involved.
When they signed on the studio wanted an “epic and dark rated R” feature but now it looks like the studio was pushing for more of a PG-13 which seems near impossible for such a property.
Meanwhile today, STYD has posted some now likely discarded Cenobite conceptual designs from the project including a new and much more HR Giger-style take on Pinhead.
In the meantime the direct-to-DVD sequel “Hellraiser: Revelations”, an ultra low budget effort produced just so the studio could hold on to the rights, hits disc this Fall.
The series adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel’s graphic novel Locke & Keyrefuses to die. After Fox passed on the pilot written by Josh Friedman and directed by Mark Romanek, the companies behind it, 20th Century Fox, K/O Paper Products and DreamWorks TV, shopped it to other networks, with Syfy expressing interest but ultimately passing. The studio, faced with mounting costs of keeping the production alive, decided to pull the plug on the thriller, letting the actors’ options to expire on June 30 while signing Friedman in an overall deal. (Friedman has already set up a new project at Fox with a put pilot commitment.) Then IDW, the publisher of the Locke & Key comic,organized a screening of the pilot at Comic-Con in July, followed by a panel discussion with executive producers Friedman, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. And last month, a trailer for the show, presumably cut by Fox in the run-up to the upfronts, leaked online and went viral (video below). Also last month, a DVD of the pilot was given to MTV programming chief David Janollari. I hear he liked it but is yet to meet with the Locke & Key producers, so there has been no real conversation between the two sides. A supernatural thriller would be a major departure for MTV whose current scripted slate consists primarily of high school shows. And many caution that the budget to mount a Locke & Key TV adaptation is likely to be prohibitive for a basic cable network as evident by Syfy’s decision not to pursue the project after crunching the numbers.