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75 Comics That Are Being Made Into Films

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the ruining-your-childhood dept.

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brumgrunt writes "The comic book is the new spec script in Hollywood, if this list is anything to go by. Den Of Geek has uncovered 75 comics that are in the process of being turned into films, along with their estimated year of arrival. It's scary, brilliant and bizarre in roughly equal measure."

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256 comments

cool! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785063)

maybe they can have a comic about a guy who goes around girding loins.

"In the Process?" (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785077)

that are in the process of being turned into films

Keep in mind that the "process of being turned into films" is a long and difficult one where many projects get axed at every stage. And I'm sure <5% of these see theaters--hell look at how long it took The Watchmen (arguably the greatest comic book ever) to get off the ground!

Although I'm sure with the recent success of movies like X-Men, Spiderman, Fantastic Four, etc that script writers are rushing back to their desks to find any unexploited comic book series that their pen can interpret.

I cringe at the thought.

I'm reminded of so many bad action flicks from my youth, so many cheesy war movies of my young adult life, so many bad Uwe Boll video game turned movies and now I've already suffered from Batwoman & Daredevil ... with more to come.

Seriously, could Hollywood once--just for like a year--come out with only original semi-risky ventures? I mean, can we go one year without another recycled video game, without another tired sequel of an already diluted franchise, without another rehashed Mike Myers persona that's really just Austin Powers, etc. I mean, is that too much to ask?

Re:"In the Process?" (2, Funny)

altloser (1113413) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785121)

You do know that Watchmen is gonna suck?

Re:"In the Process?" (2, Funny)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785145)

You do know that Watchmen is gonna suck?

Some of us try to be optimistic about it before tracking down the director to tar and feather them.

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785153)

If it ever even comes out.

Re:"In the Process?" (3, Insightful)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785233)

Yeah, just like every Comic adaption sucks...right? right?

(*cough* Batman, Spiderman, Sin City, 300, ...)

Re:"In the Process?" (3, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785249)

Comics? Those are graphic novels, if you don't mind.

Re:"In the Process?" (3, Insightful)

Goaway (82658) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785275)

You know, some of us are not so insecure about our hobbies that we feel the need to make up new words to describe them because them.

Re:"In the Process?" (5, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785575)

You know, some of us are not so insecure about our hobbies that we feel the need to make up new words to describe them because them.

Whereas some of us know that there is a significant difference between ten pieces of colored newsprint stapled together, and a ninety page perfect bound book on quality paper containing a complete lack of sea-monkey ads.

Re:"In the Process?" (4, Insightful)

Goaway (82658) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785643)

So it basically all boils down to print quality, then?

Re:"In the Process?" (5, Funny)

potHead42 (188922) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785811)

No. It's the sea monkeys, of course!

Re:"In the Process?" (4, Insightful)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785735)

Ninety pages is a bit tiny for a book, I've seen magazines with more pages than that.

Also Asterix comes with a hardcover and that's definitely a comic.

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

Unordained (262962) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785971)

Tintin, too!

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786625)

But Tintin is neither a comic nor a graphic novel -- it's a "Band Dessine"...

Re:"In the Process?" (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785979)

Uhh... That's not what we're doing.

A "comic book" is pretty accurately defined as a mass-produced, slim, stapled funny book that costs about four bucks, has only 22 pages of actual content, is full of ads nobody pays any attention to, and focuses on the difficult lives of grown men and women who insist on wearing spandex, capes, and little pointy boots everywhere they go. Comic books are traditionally created by large teams; one artist does the pencil work, another does the inking, yet another does the coloring, then someone does the lettering, and somebody else does the writing. This team is often changed month to month, with the effect that comics are really not art per se, but rather, a manufactured form of entertainment.

A "graphic novel" on the other hand, is usually the work of one person (or a small group of friends). The same small group does all the work, and tends to stay involved with the work for its entire duration, so it's consistent and high quality. The writing tends to be much better because these people are writing for themselves and other people like them (rather than the "design by committee" you get with a commercial comic book). People who work on graphic novels tend to take more risks, try out more radical ideas, and be deeper philosophically than their purely commercial counterparts. Also they tend to AVOID writing about people who wear capes, spandex, and pointy little shoes. Their work is much closer to "reality" than the alternative. It also tends to target an adult audience; this has been true since the '70s, when graphic novel writers and artists were able to ignore the Comics Code and sell their work in specialty shops (where comic companies had to make everything G rated so they could sell in grocery stores).

Think of it this way: comic books are "Harry Potter". Graphic novels are "The Grifters" by Jim Thompson. Get it?

Re:"In the Process?" (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785281)

Comics? Those are graphic novels, if you don't mind.

Right because nobody knew what he was talking about. And "comic" is a dirty slur that was used to oppress readers historically so we need to eradicate that word from our minds & vocabulary.

Do you also object to "pulp magazine?"

Re:"In the Process?" (5, Insightful)

neuromanc3r (1119631) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785313)

Someone (I think it was Neil Gaiman) once said that "graphic novel" is to comic what "lady of the night" is to prostitute.

Re:"In the Process?" (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785459)

I'm sorry, did you just give 300 as an example of a movie that doesn't suck?

Re:"In the Process?" (1, Flamebait)

hswerdfe (569925) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785777)

wasn't 300 hundred an dramatization of an actual battle?

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786371)

In the same sense that the the Movie Troy was a dramatization of an actual battle

Re:"In the Process?" (3, Informative)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786461)

The movie 300 was an adaptation of the graphic novel 300, which in turn was based both upon the actual battle at Thermopylae AND inspired by the 1962 movie The 300 Spartans, which Frank Miller saw when he was young.

It's not exceptionally historically accurate (as the Spartans didn't die alone in the final battle, Xerxes was not a 7-foot tall bald gay man, etc.) but it's not a bad movie or a bad graphic novel.

Re:"In the Process?" (2, Interesting)

Glothar (53068) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786599)

It's not exceptionally historically accurate...

In other news: FOX News is not exceptionally biased toward the politically conservative.

To be clear: I would say that 300 is about as historically accurate as FOX News is "Fair and Balanced". That is to say: It's true, on occasion, but it's far outweighed by all the times it's not.

Re:"In the Process?" (3, Funny)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786929)

One of the reviews I read of 300 said Gladiator (the Russell Crowe movie) was more historically accurate... thus fulfilling my weekly quota of wishing I could strangle a movie reviewer.

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

FireFlie (850716) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786465)

300 was a dramatization of a comic book by Frank Miller which was inspired by the Battle of Thermopylae.

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785291)

booo whoo whoo no squid WHO CARES! The squid was a MacGuffin, and a fucking odd one at that.

Re:"In the Process?" (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785271)

Hollywood is greedy, stupid, and unoriginal. As with the videogame industry, any success is going to be followed immediately with a slew of wannabes and knock-offs.

The good news is that there are still great movies being made. But you're probably not going to find them among the "tentpole" pictures with $100 million budgets. Hollywood isn't going to take a risk with that kind of budget, they're going to play it safe. And right now, PG-13 comic book movies are as close a thing to a safe bet as the studios know of.

Re:"In the Process?" (4, Insightful)

Anpheus (908711) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785785)

And torture porn in October.

Saw 33, coming soon to a theatre near you.

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785901)

Well, You do realize with More and More people having large screen HDTV's with surround sound speakers. In order for movies to make money with that medium is to make the Movies with Over the Top effects. If they get a good plot too then bonus. However most of the movies that come out that may not necessarily with cool effects we just go we will wait for the DVD. As watching low effect movies on the big screen doesn't give the same effect.

Re:"In the Process?" (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786211)

Personally, the stunts and special effects have gotten so over-the-top that they take me "out" of the movies now. Granted, fight and chase scenes in actions movies have always been over-the-top. But stunts and effects have gone so far in one-upmanship that these scenes have become less thrilling than comical. The average human fistfight now looks more intense than the fight between the two terminators in Terminator 2 (and those guys were super-strong and built of titanium alloys). And chase scenes routinely involve jumps and falls that no human being could withstand in anything more than lunar gravity.

The Die Hard movies are the perfect example. The Die Hard series started out as a incredibly unlikely, but nonetheless at least mildly plausible. But by the third film, the characters were taking 50-foot leaps off bridges and routinely taking beatings that would have required immediate hospitalization (if not embalming services) for anyone even vaguely mortal. The last entry was particularly egregious. There is a fight scene in that one that makes the Terminator 2 fight scene look modest by comparison. I expect that by the next one, John McClain will be catching bullets fired at him with his teeth and the fight scenes will involve people being punched through bank vault walls.

Re:"In the Process?" (3, Funny)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786417)

I look forward to Bruce Willis running over the bad guys with his wheel chair.

done "boy meets girl" fifty thousand times (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786275)

You'd think they'd have exhausted that theme by now :-)

Re:"In the Process?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785445)

Seriously, could Hollywood once--just for like a year--come out with only original semi-risky ventures? I mean, can we go one year without another recycled video game, without another tired sequel of an already diluted franchise, without another rehashed Mike Myers persona that's really just Austin Powers, etc. I mean, is that too much to ask?

No. What on Earth could you be thinking?

Ive heard watchman is junk (1)

bobjr94 (1120555) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785637)

I thought they were having lots of problems with watchman and some reports were saying it will bomb. I think they movie people are just out of ideas. IMDB has over 960,000 movies & tv shows listed I think. So comic books and remakes is all they have left.

Re:"In the Process?" (2, Funny)

laughing_badger (628416) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785749)

Keep in mind that the "process of being turned into films" is a long and difficult one where many projects get axed at every stage.

"making a movie is like trying to cook a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it" Douglas Adams

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

yakmans_dad (1144003) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786715)

Seriously, could Hollywood once--just for like a year--come out with only original semi-risky ventures?
How risky do you want? "Rachel Getting Married"? "Synecdoche, New York"? Do you support movies aimed at adults?

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

daniduclos (1329089) | more than 5 years ago | (#25787179)

Seriously, could Hollywood once--just for like a year--come out with only original semi-risky ventures? (...) I mean, is that too much to ask?

There is millions of dollars at stake when a movie is made. Everyone is afraid of putting their asses on the line for something that's is unproven, so they stick with what has a better chance, in their point of view, of succeeding and bringing back the money invested (and thus, not destroying anyone's careers), ie, something that has already succeeded before - even if in another media. I mean, I agree with you, I'd love to see a original script, or, well, semi-original, at least, and I think they should at least try to do some original stuff instead of endlessly doing the same stuff over and over again with a new skin, but I can see why they usually don't.

Re:"In the Process?" (1)

SputnikPanic (927985) | more than 5 years ago | (#25787297)

Miracleman (Marvelman in the UK) -- that would be a semi-risky venture. Not that I'm necessarily saying that a film adaptation should be attempted because it'd probably be a spectacular failure -- and even if some brave producer were game, Miracleman is tied up in legal hell, IIRC -- but if it were done right, it'd be quite different from anything you've seen in the conventional superhero movies.

Akira (4, Insightful)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785109)

Akira (2011)
Leonardo DiCaprio disappointed many fans of Katsuhiro Otomo's 80s manga strip by declaring that he won't be in this, though his Appian Way production company has set SFX wizard Ruairi Robinson to direct. The title character is a child of God-like powers who may have started the third world war that decimated the 'Neo-Tokyo' that biker gangs skirt round. Blade Runner-tastic. Appian Way are also developing...

Wait, what? There were people that wanted to see him star in this?

Re:Akira (2, Insightful)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785139)

Does Akira die frozen in the end? That would amuse the fans.

Re:Akira (1)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785173)

Err, maybe, I don't know. That would be a problem why?

Re:Akira (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785377)

There are a shitload of women who want him to star in EVERYTHING. However, at the last moment someone apparently realized that women are probably the least likely demographic to go see Akira--no matter WHO'S in it.

good grief (2, Insightful)

nomadic (141991) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785133)

Elfquest? Wonder Woman? Shazam? Shazam!?! Don't these people actually think ahead as to how silly some of these things will look on the big screen?

Re:good grief (2, Insightful)

KermodeBear (738243) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785289)

While Shazam would be silly (I honestly don't know a thing about the comic itself, but the name alone makes me wince), ElfQuest has some potential. There's a lot of story to follow. It could be a LotR-style production. That said, Comic Book -> Movie conversions are generally craptacular, so...

What I would like to see brought to the Silver Screen is The Invisibles [wikipedia.org] . I have been reading through the books lately and it is absolutely fantastic. A good mix of plot, philosophy, action, fantasy, and characters. From what I understand, The Invisibles was part of the inspirational material for The Matrix.

It would be interesting to see The Sandman produced as well - just not by the BBC. They completely butchered Neverwhere, turning a fantastic novel into a complete piece of crap (as they often do).

Re:good grief (3, Informative)

para_droid (92566) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785807)

just not by the BBC. They completely butchered Neverwhere, turning a fantastic novel into a complete piece of crap (as they often do).

Erm they made the TV series first. The novel was written later, based on the series. So I don't see how the BBC can be blamed for butchering a novel that didn't yet exist. And aside from the lack of budget, the series was pretty good.

Re:good grief (1)

KermodeBear (738243) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786713)

I stand corrected [wikipedia.org] . That still doesn't change the fact that the BBC makes crap productions - which is very unfortunate.

Re:good grief (2, Funny)

hummassa (157160) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785919)

I don't think you'll ever see The Invisibles in the silver screen...

Re:good grief (2, Interesting)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#25787143)

If you've ever heard the term Shazam, before, then you should no that it's origin was in a comic book known as Captain Marvel. For a time, Captain Marvel was more popular than Superman. His powers were granted to him by a wizard, and Shazam refers to the mythological characters who grant him his strength (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury). Billy Batson, mild mannered newsie, becomes Captain Marvel when he speaks this word.

Unfortunately, the World's Mightiest Mortal was felled, not by the arch-villain Dr. Sivana, but by the labyrinth of copyright laws. One of the current absurdities visited on us by the laws is that the right to use the name "Captain Marvel" for a comic book is not owned by the company (D. C.) that owns the rights to Captain Marvel. Therefore, they can produce a comic, or a movie based on a comic, with Captain Marvel as a hero... but they can't call it Captain Marvel!

Hence, Shazam, Captain Marvel's magic word, is often used as the title of his comic book, even thought the character is named Captain Marvel.

We will not speak of Alan Moore's Miracle Man, based on the British Marvelman, who was what the British Captain Marvel became after he lost his war against copyright in the United States. For his magic word was "Kitoma!" which is just Atomik spelled backwords.

Re:good grief (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785323)

I wonder if they'll still have the old man and the Winnebago.

Re:good grief (1)

White Yeti (927387) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785587)

I loved that pompous ball of lights! (Was it "Oracle"?) S.H.A.Z.A.M.!

Coming up next...Land of the Lost!

Re:good grief (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785347)

Wonder Woman.

Well, hold on there. I see some opportunity for some TNA on that island she came from with all those other wonder women and of course, let's not forget the gratuitous nudity.

Now, if they add in some cross over thingy with Super Man! That could get steamy. And if they add in something from horror sci fi, like the Invisible Man, well, there could be options for some R-rated threesomes; unbeknown to Super Man, of course. He'd never do a guy on purpose!

Re:good grief (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785497)

So Superman was flying around Metroplis one day, just keeping an eye and ear out for trouble, when he spots Wonder Woman on a rooftop, sunbathing naked. He uses his super vision to stare at her perky breasts which seem to bounce with every breath. "Yeah, I'll use my super speed, fly down there, hit that, and she'd never know the difference!" he thinks. Superman zooms down, does the deed, and is flying away before Wonder Woman even reacts. Meanwhile, on the rooftop, the Invisible Man stops screwing Wonder Woman and yells "Ow! My ass!"

Re:good grief (1)

Mark J Tilford (186) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785481)

_The Adventures of Captain Marvel_ was a good serial.

Re:good grief (1)

FlopEJoe (784551) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785677)

Pyle!

Shazam!

Pyle!

Shazam!

Re:good grief (1)

LatencyKills (1213908) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785903)

Between the transvestites and bondage fans Wonder Woman has something of a built-in audience (albeit sort of a fringey one). I'm surprised it has taken this long for a movie to be made.

Re:good grief (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785985)

Shazam? Shazam!?! Don't these people actually think ahead as to how silly some of these things will look on the big screen?
.

The 1941 live-action Republic serial "The Adventures of Captain Marvel" was released six months before Fleischer's "Superman." Captain Marvel [wikipedia.org] Both characters have had a rather long life on screen and in the comics.

Re:good grief (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25786089)

Elfquest? Wonder Woman? Shazam? Shazam!?! Don't these people actually think ahead as to how silly some of these things will look on the big screen?

Elfquest wouldn't be so bad. Think Dark Crystal.

yaaay! (1)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785143)

my highlights:

akira, runaways, whiteout, witchblade, gamekeeper

though akira is an epic and the old film was very much shortened. the effects in both akira and witchblade had better be up to it - especially akira in a few spots, but these days they can CGI "film" anything.

of course, is it too late to ask them to file "They Boys" or "Fables", or even something like "Losers"?

and the butcher...er director for these films is (4, Funny)

aceofspades1217 (1267996) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785155)

probably Uwe Boll's brother.

few really kick-ass, some very pathetic (1)

ranjeet.walunj (1356155) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785159)

I'm sure lot of efforts must have gone into making them ... but some of the movies were pathetic, few r really good ...total kick ass ... and this post also gives me lead about what movies are missed ...

Re:few really kick-ass, some very pathetic (4, Funny)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785201)

and this post also gives me lead about what movies are missed ...

Is "lead" the heavier form of "wood"?

Bad times (1)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785163)

It's a well known fact that comic books (or, as Marx and Engels would say: escapism) are always more popular in times of crisis. After all, the golden age of comics was in the 30s.

Dark Prophecy... (3, Insightful)

Forrest Kyle (955623) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785187)

Comic book movies appeared. They made boat loads of money. Drunken, sex addled movie moguls made seventy-five straight comic book movies. Seventeen in a row tank miserably. They never make another comic book movie again.

This is what I fear happening.

Scary, you don't know the half of it... (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785231)

...for even the undead fear The Goon. Actually, this is an interesting film, of course I'm biased as a huge fan of The Goon.

100% CGI, directed by David Fincher (of Seven and Fight Club fame) with positive input from Eric Powell (the comic books creator, writer and artist) it looks interesting. Here's an article [latimes.com] and here's a first look at the movie poster. [obsessedwithfilm.com]

even mediocre properties are snapped up (4, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785331)

Just shows how there's not an original bone left in that town. The comics are like elaborate storyboards anyway so let's do one but be sure to cut out anything involving taste and quality so as not to alienate our prime market of drooling mouth-breathers. And in twenty years we'll remake 'em all! Can't you just taste that money? Fuck, yeah.

Re:even mediocre properties are snapped up (5, Insightful)

SputnikPanic (927985) | more than 5 years ago | (#25787023)

Taste and quality? Such as Road To Perdition or A History of Violence, both of which were originally comics?

Comics encompass as broad a world as other forms of fiction and literature, it's not just all superheroes and science fiction. As far as Hollywood adaptations are concerned, the problem isn't so much a lack of originality -- although there is some truth to that claim -- it's that producers are risk averse.

I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785353)

Is still waiting for Battle Angel to be released.

You are not the only one... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785947)

Waiting for it for over a decade now...

Keep an eye on MarketSaw. It is a blog about 3D movies.
Whenever there is something new on Avatar [blogspot.com] or Battle Angel [blogspot.com] , it is very likely it will turn up there.

Re:I for one... (1)

onetwentyone (882404) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786499)

I would love to see a live action version of this manga made however, anything less than an R rating is going to be doing the series injustice. Part of what makes the books so compelling is the disregard for the body so long as the mind survives. You can't tone down the violence and expect for it to be the same.

Not necessarily... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#25787077)

It would mostly be SF/cyborg violence with white/purple blood.
Plus there are almost no titties in the entire manga, and very little or no drug use.
Unless we count some of that brain munching in the beginning. That part would probably be safer as just "eating brains" instead of "eating brains to get high".

A lot can be squeezed into that PG-13 [wikipedia.org] if they play their cards right, and maybe tone it down a bit for the MPAA censors.
Later, they can always make an unrated or R DVD version.

Missing from the list (3, Interesting)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785359)

Bluntman and Chronic

Seriously, it's scary when Kevin Smith accurately describes something.

Anyone Notice The Dates? (3, Funny)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785399)

Nothing goes past 2012? Maybe Hollywood knows something we don't..... Mayan Calendar, End of the World????

So many already done.... (2, Interesting)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785441)

Off the top of my head: Witchblade was a failed series on TNT, Red Sonja, Buck Rogers, Sherlock Holmes?

Oh... wait... are these going to actually be good versions?

Barbarella (1)

suso (153703) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786427)

I thought Barbarella had already been done too?

ETA's? (3, Interesting)

rangek (16645) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785455)

Is it just me or are those ETA's totally bogus? There is no way those times can possibly be... possible. We have things with film in can the estimated to arrive the same time as stuff that doesn't even have a script yet. What a bunch of crap.

Dave Sim once said. . . (2, Interesting)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785505)

"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."

Well, he was quoting somebody else, but he DID say it. . .

The point being. . , comics are comics and movies are another animal entirely.

For every comics movie I've seen, I can never help but thinking, "This would have been more satisfying as an episodic TV series." Perhaps it's because comics rely heavily on word balloons and movies are actually quite conservative when it comes to dialogue, most being really just short stories. Episodic television offers enough canvas to do a more satisfying job with stories which are by definition, written as a series of short episodes anyway. A lot of drama and necessary timing can be included with a TV series which must by necessity be cut when planning a film.

I re-read Watchmen a few months ago when I heard about the film project, and it struck me that it was a story which would have done very well as a 6 or 12 part TV series. Not sure how they're going to manage to pack all of that into a movie without it feeling rushed. I guess we'll see.

-FL

Re:Dave Sim once said. . . (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786809)

Perhaps it's because comics rely heavily on word balloons

Western comics, yes. Manga tends to be far more filmic with lots of dialog-free passages.

I re-read Watchmen a few months ago when I heard about the film project, and it struck me that it was a story which would have done very well as a 6 or 12 part TV series. Not sure how they're going to manage to pack all of that into a movie without it feeling rushed. I guess we'll see.

I think if you expect it to be a film of the graphic novel you are bound to be disappointed. Moving any creative work to a different medium is itself a creative task and results in an entirely new work.

ghost in the shell (1)

arbiter1 (1204146) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785507)

not really surprised considering how popular the anime and manga is in most markets it gets released to

Rob Schrab please (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25785509)

Some of those titles make me sudder in horror, either because the source material is awful (Last Blood), couldn't possibly be done justice in a 2 hour film (Watchmen) or has already been done about as well as it possibly could be (do we need another Akira? And with sprout-face in it? Ugh.)

However, some comics are just crying out for a film version, first to my mind being Rob Schrab's Scud: Disposible Assassin. It was designed more as a movie storyboard than a comic, and would be amazing on screen.

Also, I'd love to see Thrud on the big screen - if a screen big enough can be found, that is.

Finally, how about a film (or better yet, TV series) of Schlock Mercenary? That could be truly excellent.

I guess it's better than... (5, Funny)

solcott (1002711) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785559)

(Useful) Stupid Tricks to Get Your Comic Book Made into a Movie

Last Blood (1)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785603)

Most of you probably have never heard of Last Blood [lastblood.net] . But I highly recommend it. The level of production was sub-indie, but its still a very interesting retake on vampire/zombie mythos and a fairly interesting story. if you read through the comments you'll find the writer,Bobby Crosby really enjoyed discussing his ideas with his readers.

Of course the comic I really want to see on the big screen is Least I Could Do [leasticoulddo.com] .

Re:Last Blood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25786343)

Boo on the LICD, go LFG.

Also, huge yes for Last Blood.

Re:Last Blood (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786831)

I read last Last Blood, I thought it wasn't that good but it was a fresh concept, so I kept reading.

What about Dragonball? (1)

GerardAtJob (1245980) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785669)

We'll be able to see Goku in film too : http://dbthemovie.com/ [dbthemovie.com]

75 more... (5, Insightful)

nilbog (732352) | more than 5 years ago | (#25785687)

"75 Comics That Are Being Forever Ruined, Raped, and Pillaged"

Fixed.

to all the naysayers in this thread: (4, Insightful)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786025)

1. it is proven that comic book movie adaptations are a good return on the investment. therefore, from a strictly risk/ return financial analysis, you want to make a comic book movie as opposed to say, a mafia musical. therefore, any comic book property out there is going to get a good looking at, down to the fringe. it's inevitable, and what exactly then is the problem with mining comic book properties like that? what is the rationale for which you take offense at that?

2. you don't own your favorite comic book. if someone wants to turn it into a movie, why do you feel like something has been stolen from you? why do you think something will be ruined? just don't watch. why is that so difficult for you?

Re:to all the naysayers in this thread: (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25787181)

I'd say that enigma of "2" is at least weakly linked with the truth of "1". Cult literature is probably unique in that a piss-poor and unfaithful cinema adaptation will create more column inches and consequently draw in more punters than an equally bad movie cut from whole cloth.

Scott Pilgrim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25786069)

I'm disappointed Scott Pilgrim wasn't mentioned - the comic is great and a movie could be bearable.
Maybe it's not mainstream enough?

One that should be on the list (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786227)

I'm very dissapointed to see Buster Gonads [wikipedia.org] wasn't on that list.

While we're at it I'd like to see Marmaduke [wikipedia.org] and Hi & Lois [wikipedia.org] added also.

I know I'll get burned for saying this... (0, Offtopic)

gaspyy (514539) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786295)

I know comics may be considered "news for nerds" but this is pushing it - Editors, if I want to read Digg, I go to Digg.

I mean, after countless complains, jokes and accusations, Adobe FINALLY releases the the 64bit flash plugin (for Linux first nonetheless) and what gets published is a lame list that amounts to little more than blog spam?

Right... because when we say "nerds"... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#25787315)

... we actually mean you, gaspyy (514539), only plural.

The topic is climbing to over a hundred comments at the moment and yours is the first I see that is openly trolling against it.
I guess it has something to do with the fact that most people are more interested in movies and comics in general than in support for that particular plugin your heart desires.

You do know that YOU too can submit a story?
For example about how "Adobe FINALLY releases the the 64bit flash plugin (for Linux first nonetheless)".

Or are you here just to troll?
There is a brand new Science of the Lightsaber [slashdot.org] just up.
Why don't you try that one too?

Laurell k Hamilton books/comics also (1)

pekkoh75 (1409139) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786367)

From the laurell K Hamilton website: "I have some big news! I am not at liberty to give you all the juicy details just yet but I am excited to announce that I have joined forces with a first class Writer, Producer and film studio. Yes, the rumors are true - a movie and a possible TV show based on the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter 16-book series is in the works. Stay tuned to this website for updates and details."' The first 2 books appear also as comics so this may also qualify. No info on the year though or how certain it is...

Re:Laurell k Hamilton [shit piles] also (1)

binary paladin (684759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25787231)

I forget how it happened, but I read a synopsis of the first few books and it read like someone who had purchased a bunch of White Wolf books and asked the question, "Can I have a vampire with werewolf, mage, hunter and perhaps even changeling powers?" When all the reasonable GMs said, "No," Ms. Hamilton said, "Fine, I'll write my own fantastic stories about such a character... and add sex to them so people will buy them."

The fact that these books exist isn't what scares me. There's creepy talentless fan fiction all over the internet (with everything from Harry Potter and Snape being secret lovers to some insane girl who writes about her life and romance with Link--as in, the dude from The Legend of Zelda), but not a whole lot of it makes a profit. People actually buy these Anita Blake books though. WHY!?

I dread the results of this, particularly if Laurell Hamilton is referring to having a "first class Writer" since she fancies herself as one. Ugh. Just... ugh.

superman (0, Flamebait)

qwertzisnotazerty (956418) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786425)

Reading through the list, when it came to "Superman...", i red "Superman: man on wheels"

Luther Arkwright (2, Insightful)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786545)

ONe of the greatest works of graphic literature has been picked up for movie adaptations on more than one occasion. I'd love to see this adapted, but then again It's probably impossible to do it justice....

http://www.superherohype.com/news.php?id=4514 [superherohype.com]

Buck Rogers (1)

residieu (577863) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786597)

A new Buck Rogers? If it doesn't have Erin Gray in spandex, I don't want it.

Off Topic -- SCI FI Book to Movie (1)

kcdoodle (754976) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786671)

They should make "Infinity Hold" into a movie. Barry Longyear's best book.

And I think Emilio Estevez should star as "Nick Bando", I dunno why, but I think it would be a good fit.

Red Sonja? (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786695)

Red Sonja [wikipedia.org] has been done. With Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It will be hard to beat that pair. A remake will probably have worse casting, but, inevitably, better effects.

What? (1)

airship (242862) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786709)

No 'Little Lulu'?!?

Can you say BOFH? (1)

myspace-cn (1094627) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786817)

That's so overdue! A series!

Sorry for offtopic.. (4, Interesting)

azgard (461476) | more than 5 years ago | (#25786837)

..but since we are talking about films, I would like to see Tim Burton's version of Hobbit. I can't imagine it, but I know it would be fantastic.

(If you agree, please spread this meme. :-))

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