The weekly collection of independent related comics news items from August 18th - 20th, 2013!
Universal Pictures options BOOM!'s "Day Men" to film!
BOOM! Studios and Universal Pictures have united to produce films based around licenses owned by the "third party" comic book publisher. The first of which, "2 Guns", topped the box office at the start of the month, even if its overall success will be modest at best. The film studio has wasted no time picking up the film rights to a second BOOM! comic, "Day Men" by editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon with co-writer Michael Alan Nelson and artist Brian Stelfreeze. The comic series debuted this past July and features a world run by vampires in which a squad of protectors, called "day men", must be employed to defend them when they sleep. A war between vampire families sparks action by one of the "day men", and the series seems to be closer to an organized crime drama than typical vampire fare.
While no director, producer, or actor has yet to be attached, Universal Pictures apparently made a "pre-emptive seven figure bid" for the film rights to the property. This comics months after BOOM! Studios purchased rival company Archaia Comics back in June, merging with it and adding its properties to their own. This continues the company's surge to compete against not only the "big two" but other rising stars such as Image Comics.
New "TMNT" film pushed back again!
Paramount Pictures' and Michael Bay's reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film franchise has once again been pushed back. The film was once imagined as being released at the end of this year before being pushed to June 6th, 2014. The studio has now announced that the film will debut on August 8th, two months later. The reasoning was cited as competition during that period with other major films; however, it will now debut a mere week after Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy".
Produced by Michael Bay's production company, it is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars "Megan Fox in the role of April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter, and William Fichtner as Shredder". The film has been plagued not only by shifting release dates, but by harsh criticism (at best) of internet leaks of scrip drafts. While the new CGI animated cartoon on Nick has been approved for a second season, Viacom purchased the franchise from Mirage Studios for $40 million back in 2009 due to the greater profits a successful film series would make. It will remain to be seen if such an investment will pan out.
Is "Savage Dragon" set to die?
Often lost in the shuffle of Image Comics series is "Savage Dragon", which has been created, written, and drawn by Erik Larson since 1993. Originally created in "Graphic Fantasy #1" circa 1982, Larson's character was one of Image Comics' first launches when the upstart company began in '93 (alongside "Spawn") and has continued strong without a shift in creative teams or a renumbering stunt. While the series sometimes sells too poorly to be noted in the top 300 list (hence its $3.99 cover price), Larson's passion for it has remained for some 20 years.
In this week's 190th issue, it looks like its titular star Dragon will be executed for murder in the same prison that many of his villains have been locked up in. His son Malcolm will then take over the reigns of the title for issue #193, which will lead up to the series' 200th issue. While Larson had told several stories where Dragon seemingly died and various members of his family or supporting cast took over the book, this shift appears to be permanent. It would certainly give the book which Wizard magazine once so mightily championed some rare publicity. An animated adaptation aired on "USA Network" from 1995-1996, but had little to do with the often graphically violent book.