Featuring the weekly slate of independent comics related news items from August 25th - 27th, 2013!
New "Spawn" film will shoot in 2014?
Image Comics co-founder as well as "Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane celebrated the 21st anniversary of the character whose adventures still are published in comic book form every month. For the record, "Spawn" and "Savage Dragon" are the only two original characters who debuted when Image Comics launched in 1993 which remained in monthly print since. Rumors of a new film venture have boiled for years, but McFarlane seems to believe that movement may finally begin next year. At Canada's Fan Expo over the weekend, McFarlane stated having "a lot of pressure" to produce a script for the project by the end of the year for a shoot sometime in 2014. He also stated that the tone of the film would "be more of a horror movie" without "a giant budget and a lot of special effects" for a quick shoot. "Academy award guys" have been vying for the lead role, including Jamie Foxx, who will appear as Electro in next summer's "Amazing Spider-Man 2".
The comic book source material has endured for over 200 issues, and the character has seen alternate media success before. Besides a successful line of action figures, "Spawn" saw a film produced in 1997 which starred Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, and Frank Welker as the voice of Malebolgia. Considering the comic book film genre was destroyed by "Batman & Robin" that year, it was a modest success; costing $40 million to produce and hauling in some $87 million worldwide. It also reportedly did well on DVD, where an extended R-rated version was one of the first such editions released for a major summer blockbuster. HBO also aired "Spawn: the Animated Series" for three seasons from 1997-1999. Each six episode season starred Keith David as the voice of Spawn and even won an Emmy in its final year. Thus, while "Spawn" has more name recognition with the average audience than, say, "Jonah Hex", it will remain to be seen if the character can emerge past his prime and succeed on the big screen again.
Greg Pak relaunches "Eternal Warrior" with Valiant Entertainment!
Over the course of two summers, Valiant Entertainment has emerged from obscurity to once again be a force to be reckoned with in the comic book market - at least in modest terms. To this end Valiant has relaunched a handful of their old franchises every summer and by and large focused on those being quality comics. Former Marvel Comics regular Greg Pak has since left for greener pastures at DC Comics as well as beginning work on "Eternal Warrior #1" on Sept. 11th. The character, the immortal fighter Gilad, is a spin-off from "Archer & Armstrong", which is ironically written by Pak's former collaborator Fred Van Lente. Trevor Hairsine will provide art for the series, or at the very least the first arc; Hairsine has struggled with deadlines throughout his career.
Gillen elaborates on "Three" for Image Comics!
As reported a fortnight ago, writer Kieron Gillen is returning to his indie roots with a new creator owned series from Image Comics on October 9th. The series will be drawn by Ryan Kelly, colored by Jordie Bellaire, and even includes involvement by historical consultant professor Stephen Hodkinson. Called "Three", it is not only a reference to Frank Miller's iconic "300", it seems set to be a more historically accurate counter-point to the series. Instead of glorifying the warriors of a nation which owned (and hunted) slaves, it seeks to glorify the story of three escaped slaves on the run from hundreds of soldiers. Starring three Helots, Klaros, Terpander, and Damar escape from their masters and unite through the sheer virtue of survival. It certainly is a fascinating angle for a series based on a property which many know from a film, while offering a more historically accurate take on it.