Jeff Lemires Opus Magnum „Essex County“ wird verfilmt. Lemire ist derzeit einer der besten Comic-Autoren überhaupt (hier mein Review seiner Sweet Tooth-Serie: 1: Bambi meets Mad Max, 2: In Captivity, der dritte Band erscheint übrigens nächsten Dienstag), sein Essex County ist ein sprödes und großartiges Frühwerk von ihm, zu dem ich schon lange mal ein Review tippen wollte, aber man kommt ja zu nix.
Verfilmt wird der Schinken (das Hardcover mit allen Bänden umfasst nicht weniger als 512 Seiten) von nicht irgendjemandem, sondern von John Dykstra, der an den Special Effects von (Achtung!) Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Firefox, Invasion vom Mars, Spiderman, Inglorious Basterds und X-Men: First Class mitarbeitete, das Buch zur Realverfilmung kommt von John Carr. Mit anderen Worten: Ich freu' mir grade 'nen Ast.
Visual effects supervisor John Dykstra has set up his first feature film directing gig called Super Zero, which is an adaptation of the comic book Essex Country: Tales from the Farm. Dykstra most recently worked on the film X-Men: First Class, which was a pretty incredible movie for those of you who haven't seen it yet.
Tales of the Farm was created by Jeff Lemire, and was adapted into screenplay form by John Carr. The film will be shot live action, but will include heavy special effects sequences. The story is described as being edgy, but family-friendly. The story follows an orphaned 10-year-old who goes to live on a farm with his uncle. As their relationship grows strained, he befriends the town's gas station owner, a former pro hockey player, and the pair escape into a private fantasy world of superheroes and alien invaders.
The comic book has won several awards and according to Variety "the producers' plan is to "make a big splash at ComicCon, where Lemire and the publisher, Top Shelf Productions, will make an appearance." Producers will be making a very hard push over the next few weeks, which will include casting announcements as well as financing and distribution commitments. After that a package will be sent out to the studios.
Dykstra also worked on the original Star Wars film, Spider-Man 2, and was a producer on the original 1978 Battlestar Galatica series. Here's what he had to say in a statement, „I've been so involved in films that are primarily based on the action sequences and over-the-top visuals that this to me was incredibly attractive just based on the depth of the characters and the evocative nature of the story.“
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