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Dark Horse has released information about their new Serenity mini-series co-written by Joss Whedon:
“Joss Whedon returns to the world of his blockbuster film Serenity with the three-issue comics series Better Days. Better Days revisits everyone’s favorite space cowboys in this thrilling, action-packed adventure, with Mal and his crew on a heist that promises a big payoff — what’s surprising is that this heist just might make good on that promise. Whedon reunites with Brett Matthews and Will Conrad, his collaborators on the best-selling 2005 series Those Left Behind. Adam Hughes joins the team for covers.”
The series takes place before the movie and will be on sale in comics stores on Mar 12.
(Also at that link, check out the Frankenstein’s Monster bust. Not half bad.)
Jeff Smith (Bone) has a 6-page preview of his new crime/adventure series RASL. I love Sims’ take on the series: “Of course, given that I can’t read the title without thinking of the word ‘wrestle,’ there probably won’t be quite as many steel chairs and/or ladder matches as I’d like. Still pretty exciting, though.”
Fantasy Crime Squad
Oh, wow. You gotta check out this image from Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ Fantasy Crime Squad. Ramos describes it as “soon to be in pre-production,” so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it, but when it does eventually come out, it looks gooooooood.
Where the Wild Things Are, etc.
Heidi’s got stills from a bunch of upcoming WB movies, including the first I’ve seen from Where the Wild Things Are. There are also some from Speed Racer and The Dark Knight that have been making the Internet rounds.
M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening
I know it’s in vogue not to like Shyamalan anymore, but I’m still a believer. I don’t really like the title of The Happening, and the poster is pretentious, but I’ll look forward to seeing the movie.
Filed Under RASL, giant robots, jesse james vs machine gun kelly, kill all monsters, machine gun kelly, narnia, perils on planet x, public enemies, scifi
Dan Taylor (Hero Happy Hour) and Don Figueroa (Transformers) are working on a new mech comic together.
There’s a trailer out for Prince Caspian.
Jeff Smith’s new adventure comic RASL is available for pre-order.
Christopher Mills has announced that his web comic Perils on Planet X (which I reviewed a looooong, long time ago) is coming to print. I keep thinking that Ape Entertainment can’t get any more awesome, and they keep proving me wrong.
Apparently, Michael Mann is working on a gangster film based on Bryan Burrough’s non-fiction book Public Enemies. Johnny Depp is attached to play John Dillinger, but if I’m reading the article right, the movie is also supposed to feature Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, Ma Barker, Bonnie and Clyde, and the one that’s nearest and dearest to my heart: Machine Gun Kelly.
Filed Under RASL, courtney crumrin, dark shadows, giant monsters, horror, indiana jones, jesse james, mystery, pirates, scifi, star trek, ted naifeh, writing is hard
Kill All Monsters!-Related
I can’t see BoingBoing at work, so I’ll just have to trust that this link works and that it takes you to some cool giant-monster belt buckles. I’ll check it out for myself later at home.
Dust to Dust-Related
I don’t understand the connection between Jesse James and Seacoast New Hampshire, but the SeacoastNH site is running a very cool feature called the Dingus Project that looks at as many movies about James as possible and reviews them for historical accuracy.
And speaking of Jesse James movies, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is going to hit both the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice’s 75th anniversary film festival. (Also appearing at both festivals is Keira Knightley’s new movie Atonement, which should matter greatly to you.)
Speaking of Keira reminds me about pirates, which reminds me that soon we’ll all be able to smell like Jack Sparrow. As if that’s a good thing.
One of my biggest disappointments with Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade was the lack of Marion Ravenwood. I really wanted to see that relationship continued from Raiders. Wish granted.
Dark Horse has also announced that with the new movie coming out, they’ll be relaunching their line of Indiana Jones comics starting with an omnibus collecting their earlier Indy comics and eventually even reprinting Marvel’s take. I gotta start saving some money.
I’ve been enjoying Guy Ritchie and Andy Diggle’s Gamekeeper comic from Virgin enough that I quit buying the single issues and decided instead to buy the trade when it comes out. So it’s pretty cool that Ritchie’s turning it into a movie.
Not really Mystery-related, but it’s Crime, so close enough: Boom!’s doing a comic based on the Godfather movies. That’s pretty frickin’ bold. It’ll be interesting to see if they can pull it off, but they say that when they announce the writer “jaws will drop.”
Another comics-film connection: Dreamworks has optioned a Courtney Crumrin movie. No word on if it’ll be live action or animated. You have no idea how much I’m hoping for animated, especially if they can pull off Ted Naifeh’s style.
And in other Important Horror Movie News: Johnny Depp will play Barnabas Collins in a Dark Shadows movie. It looks like he’ll also be one of the producers.
Jeff Smith has released details about his next project, RASL. It’ll be an over-sized scifi comic about “a thief — an art thief — who is known to the police as ‘RASL,’ because that’s the tag he leaves whenever he steals a piece of art. He spray paints RASL on the wall in the spot where the art was.” According to Smith, RASL has a suit that can “create thermal-magnetic disturbances through space-time and step between dimensions. So if you were a really rich person who wants to collect, say, a Mona Lisa, you could pay RASL, and he’ll go to another dimension and steal the Mona Lisa for you!”
The downside is that “what happens when you go through these dimensional barriers — these light barriers between dimensions and universes — is that apparently it hurts a lot. I mean, it hurts so badly that it takes him days to recover. The pain is so bad that, for days, he drinks and gambles and smokes and eats rich foods and has whores and all that. But to get back, he has to do the exact opposite. He has to completely clean his body and mind and thoughts and almost reach a zen, centered perfectness to get back through the light. But then he comes back out and is in pain again and it all starts over.” Sounds really good. I can’t wait for it.
Looks like the bad guy from Heroes is going to play Spock in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie.
And they’re releasing the remastered/CGI-touched-up episodes of the original Star Trek series on DVD.
Writing is Hard
I like this quote from Hulk writer Greg Pak about letting artists interpret emotions themselves instead of trying to spell everything out exactly in the script: “For the most part, I’m trying to write for (illustrator) John (Romita, Jr.) using the same kind of language I’d use to direct an actor on a movie set. When working with an actor, I’d never say, ‘Be sad.’ Because that turns the actor into a puppet who’s just trying to make the face you want and the soul of the scene dies. Instead, I’d say, ‘Try not to cry.’ Then the actor can just inhabit the character and the scene comes to life. Similarly, when writing for John, I try to describe actions rather than expressions. When the Hulk’s gazing up at the fake Sentry that Reed’s generated, I wrote, ‘The Hulk continues stepping toward the light. Gazing upwards. Almost as if he’s looking up towards an angel.’ I don’t describe the expression; instead I describe the circumstance so John can interpret the emotional content and get to the soul of the character on his own. John’s a brilliant artist, which means that in the world of comics, he’s a brilliant actor.”
That’s something I tried with Jason Copland on Kill All Monsters! and it resulted in some amazing, touching facial expressions and body language. You gotta have the right artist to pull it off — one who knows how to make his characters act — but Jason’s totally that guy.