The Script For a New Spawn Movie is Complete

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 17, 2016.

Out of all the comic books getting movie adaptions nowadays, there is one character in particular that fans have been eager to see return to the screen once again after their first cinematic outing in 1997. That character of course is the demonic antihero, Spawn, who’s very creator, Todd McFarlane, has revealed that he has just finished working on the screenplay for Spawn’s newest film iteration.

While at the 2016 New York Toy Fair, McFarlane was interviewed by Comicbook.com about the status of the project.

“I’ve finished the script, and I’m in the process of editing,” said McFarlane. “It’s 183 pages, and [producers] usually like 120. I still think it’s going to end up being about 140, because I’m putting in details for myself.” He added that this movie would be “a hard R.”

McFarlane also revealed that the film wouldn’t be a superhero movie. “I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre,” he said. “The Departed meets Paranormal Activity, something like that.”

“In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn,” he explained. “Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.”

McFarlane also explained that part of his decision to stay away from the big budget approach of many modern superhero movies was so that he could make the film himself. “Basically, I can make this version of the movie on a budget without crazy special effects,” he said. “I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they’ll let me direct it!”

The new Spawn Movie has been in development for years and the last time that McFarlane spoke about the film was back in 2013. Even though the script is still in the editing stages and the film has not been officially green lit by any studios, releasing a Spawn Movie now during a golden age of comic book movies where about four plus movies based on a comic comes out each year mark this as a perfect time for a movie like this to come out. Not to mention the massive success of Deadpool, another hard R movie with a low-budget that was not your average superhero movie, could inspire studios to take more chances on R rated comic book movies which Spawn would greatly benefit from.

Source- ComicBook.com

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Writer Tapped For Comic Book Adaptation of Descender

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 3, 2016.

Last year, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Image Comics series Descender, was picked up by Sony Pictures for adaptation into a feature film due to a big bidding war between studios before the first issue was even released. Now, Sony has just tapped Jesse Wigutow to write the script for their big-screen adaptation.

Descender is a space opera about a galaxy where a futuristic society was ravaged during an attack brought on by mysterious robots. The robotic entities then disappeared as quickly as they appeared and left what was left of the society with a strong anti-android outlook. Now, bounty hunters are tasked with hunting down any android or creature with an A.I. When a boy-like robot called TIM-21 wakes up from slumber to find that his mining colony home has been abandoned, he joins up with a motley crew and goes on the run from those who believe he may be linked to the attack.

This won’t be the first time that Wigutow has worked on adapting a comic as he is currently putting the finishing touches on his adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Fire. His credits also include a rewrite of Bad Santa 2Tron 3The Crow remake, and a remake of The Osterman Weekend.

Lemire and Nguyen will serve as executive producers on the film while Josh Bratman will produce it under his Immersive Pictures banner.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Cast as Negan on The Walking Dead

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on November 15, 2015.

After months of lengthy casting, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Losers, Supernatural) has signed on for the villainous role of Negan for AMC’s The Walking Dead.

THR reports that Negan, the leader of a group called The Saviors will be introduced in the season six finale which will be directed by Greg Nicotero.

In the comic, Negan’s and the Saviors arrival came with a splash when he brutally took the life of a member of Rick’s crew who was a long-lasting survivor. Negan is also a foul-mouthed and charismatic villain who carries a barbwire-laced bat named Lucille. Much like his comic counterpart, Morgan’s character will be a regular reoccurring character in the show during season seven.

The Walking Dead airs on Sundays on AMC.

Source– THR

Hack/Slash Set to Become a TV Series

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on October 15, 2015.

The horror comic known as Hack/Slash was originally set to become a movie but now it’s going to be adapted into an ongoing television series instead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will be produced by Relativity Television and penned by Skip Woods (Swordfish and Hitman) who will also executive produce it alongside Adrian Askarieh and Ray Ricord with Daniel Alter and Geoffrey Yim signed on as co-exec producers.

Hack/Slash, created by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli, tells the story of Cassie Hack, a disturbed girl who travels the country as a “killer of killers” that hunts down slashers similar to Michael Myers and Freddie Krueger.

The studio is currently seeking directors and plans to make the show into a gritty series along the lines of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Battle Chasers Has Returned!

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on September 11, 2015.

Between 1998 and 2001, Joe Madureira released his own creator-owned comic series named Battle Chasers which was published by WildStorm Comics under its Cliffhanger imprint until the series moved to Image Comics in 2001. Even though it was considered one of the most popular American comic book series in the late 1990s, it suffered from some pretty extreme scheduling problems which caused only a total of nine issues to be produced in its four-year run. Even with its short run, Battle Chasers has retained quite a cult following and after fourteen long years, Madureira plans to revive and continue the series as both an ongoing comic book and in a new arena of entertainment as well, video games.

Battle Chasers followed the adventures of a group of heroes including a young girl name Gully as she searched for her missing father with the help of Garrison, a legendary swordsman; Knolan, the crafty wizard; Calibretto, an outlawed Wargolem; and the notorious mercenary Red Monika. Eventually the group must join forces to rise against a madman whose dark reign threatens the very fabric that holds their world together.

Joe Madureira–a veteran comic book artist renowned for his work at Marvel Comics and in the video game industry, is heading up the revival of this series with his new studio, Airship Syndicate. Founded by Madureira and Ryan Stefanelli, the studio is composed of ex Vigil Games employees who worked with Madureira on his two Darksiders games before the studio was shut down. Now with the help of Kickstarter, they are going to be working together again to create Battle Chasers: Nightwar.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a video game set in the same universe as the comic that will feature JRPG-style combat with procedurally-generated dungeons and traditional 2D animation cutscenes during key story moments.

Nightwar will take place in an area called The Grey Line, where “nothing has ever come from, or survived entering.” Players take will be able to play as Gully and “her unlikely band of adventurers” as they venture into the territory and attempt to find her father, a great hero called Aramus that ventured into the Grey Line but has not returned.

Alongside the release of Battle Chasers: Nightwar, new issues of the classic comic series will continue where the story left off at issue nine and will also have connections to the game. For the comic, Madureira is planning to use a three-issue arc structure for the run with the first one being used to tie up the end of the original story from 2001. Madureira does not have a publisher or a set release date yet, but is excited to see the franchise evolve alongside his own tastes and experiences.

Since the Kickstarter has reached its funding goal, we will definitely be seeing Battle Chasers: Nightwar and the comic series sometime in the near future.

Hawkins and Ekedal’s THINK TANK may be headed for TV

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on June 25, 2015.

After the success of shows like The Walking Dead, Arrow, Daredevil, and others, it’s not all that surprising for networks to look into translating more comics into a live action episodic series. From the looks of it, we might be getting another one soon to join the ranks of projects like Southern Bastards and Sex Criminals.

According to a post by Matt Hawkins on his Facebook page this morninga book of his will soon get an official announcement from a TV studio.

“Well, well, so it seems we’ll have not ONE but TWO announcements for TV series being picked up based on some of our stuff. Expect formal announcements soon, but since I’m not allowed to reveal it just yet let me just tell you that you can “think your tank is in the mail.”

Judging by Hawkins’choice of words in the last sentence, we can assume that one of the two announcements may have to something to do with his series Think Tank.

Published by Top Cow Productions, Think Tank by Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal follows the story of Dr. David Loren, a child prodigy, inventor, genius, slacker, and possible mass murderer. When a military think tank’s smartest scientist decides that he can no longer stomach creating weapons of destruction, will he be able to think his way out of his dilemma or find himself subject to the machinations of smaller men?

At the moment, there have been no official announcements on whether Think Tank has been officially picked up, but we will keeping an eye open on this as the story unfolds.

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