Sunday, January 02, 2005

What film would you like to see adapted into a comic series?

Haha...I was just on Newsarama, and apparantly Moonstone Comics (the place that is publishing the new Chuck Dixon Western comics) is going to be publishing a mini- series based on the film Buckaroo Banzai!!

http://newsarama.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=24434

So this made me think, if THIS film could be adapted, what OTHER films would be worth adapting?

So what film would you think would make a good comic book?

And remember, we're talking ORIGINAL screenplays here, not "Hey, I think it would be cool to adapt the Three Musketeers."

Here are some that I think would adapt well.

"The Third Man" - You could either have it as following Harry Lime around, doing his misdeeds, or you could have it star Holly (Rollo) Martins, following Harry around trying to stop him.

"Lone Star" - John Sayles created such a ripe background for many an interesting tale about Rip County, Texas.

"Notorius" - Couldn't you just see Alicia Huberman and T.R. Devlin continue to try to outwit the Nazi war criminals?

That's just a couple off the top of my head...let's see what good ones you folks can come up with!



43 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbreakable. The other end of the spectrum from Astro City.

1/03/2005 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Michael May said...

I love the suggestion of the further adventures of Alicia Huberman and T.R. Devlin from Notorious as well as more from Unbreakable. I'd love to also see:

The further supernatural adventures of Dr. John Holden (Dana Andrews's character from Night of the Demon).

A series set in Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

The further globe-trotting adventures of Carl Denham from King Kong.

The further revolutionary adventures of Rick Blaine and Louis Renault from Casablanca.

The further tragic adventures of Larry Talbot from The Wolf Man.

The further swashbuckling adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

1/03/2005 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

The Godfather. I think it would make for an interesting comic.

1/03/2005 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Has there ever been a James Bond comic? I know it started out as a series of novels, but I think we can count this one.

How about the continuing adventures of Amelie Poulain? Napoleon Dynamite (calling Dan Clowes)? Beatrix Kiddo Comix?

1/03/2005 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Showing my eighties roots: Ferris Bueller's Comic Book

It worked for the other guys: Galaxy Quest Comics

More eighties: The Last Starfighter

You'd think they're a natural fit: The Never Ending Story

Something more recent, so you don't all think I'm lame: The Bourne Sequentiality

1/03/2005 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

How could I forget, the film that practically screams "Make me a comic!"

The Adventures of Sky Captain

1/03/2005 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

One of the funny things about this thing is figuring out which movies were original screenplays, and which ones were adaptations.

Like how Casablanca, Godfather and Bourne Identity were all popular novels (Godfather and Bourne) or plays (Godfather).

In other words, I wish I could have picked The Thin Man!

1/03/2005 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

You don't wish that, Brian.

Brian Meltzer would come along and have Peter Lorre from Casablanca rape Nora. And he'd show the audience. Twice.

And the ending would make no goddam sense.

1/03/2005 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

D'oh.

I wrote Godfather twice in an earlier post, it should have been Casablance in the parens for play.

1/03/2005 07:33:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Brian Cronin: Too Damn Busy To Type the "-thesis" in Parenthesis!

1/03/2005 07:41:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

My father spent most of his career in the pre-computer age.

So when he wanted to write letters, instead of writing them on Microsoft Word, he would dictate them into a tape recorder, and then have a secretary type it up.

Occasionally, when I was younger, I would help him type stuff up.

And that's one thing that has always caught on in my mind, calling them "parens."

1/03/2005 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

So, wait, your excuse that you're too lazy to type "thesis" is that your dad was too lazy to SAY "THESIS"?

Holy crap, Brian! Stop taking the valium!

1/03/2005 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Parens is much cooler, I think.

Say it with me.

"Put it in parens"

"Put it in parentheseseseses"

#1 is much cooler.

1/03/2005 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I will bring this conversation back on target, consarnit!

Miller's Crossing

How cool would a comic set in that world be?

1/03/2005 08:29:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Yeah. I think we're putting too much focus on the obvious genre stuff. A lot of these movies, there are already or have been comics like that.

Agent Cooper, FBI? Oh, TV doesn't count.

Kelly's Heroes, Post WW2?

1/03/2005 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Michael May said...

I'd so buy a Kelly's Heroes comic.

Totally forgot that Casablanca was adapted from a play. D'oh!

1/03/2005 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Once you do a Kelly's Heroes comic, the immediate demand for and Oddball solo comic will overwhelm the industry.

1/03/2005 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger Michael May said...

As a huge fan of the novels, I don't think Bond counts.

And to answer someone's question: Dark Horse did a couple of original Bond mini-series and another company is currently reprinting comics adaptations of the novels.

1/03/2005 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger Michael May said...

"...the immediate demand for and Oddball solo comic will overwhelm the industry."

Ha! Too true. He'd be the main reason I'd want to read a Kelly's Heroes book. "What's with all the negative waves, Moriarty?"

1/03/2005 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

You know what could be an interesting series, if pulled off?

The Goodbye Girl.

It has legs to support a series (the relationship between Eliot and Paula, the relationship between Eliot and Lucy, the relationship between Paula and Lucy, Eliot's acting career), it just needs a writer who can keep up with Neil Simon's mad phat writing skills.

1/03/2005 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off the top of my head...

Clint Eastwood's [i]Man with No Name[/i] (from the Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy)

1/03/2005 09:52:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Oooh, that's a good one, 'nony.

1/03/2005 09:53:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

That was Grant.

He doesn't love us enough to make himself known.

1/03/2005 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger Shane Bailey said...

Metropolis

Vanilla Sky

Time Bandits

12 Monkeys

I'll see if I can think of others. I would be all over a Time Bandits comic though.

1/04/2005 03:24:00 AM  
Blogger Shane Bailey said...

I didn't see that Michael May already mentioned Metropolis. Great minds I guess.

1/04/2005 03:24:00 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

*The Third Man* was actually made into an ongoing radio series ("The Lives of Harry Lime") for which Welles did voice work. Of course, it softened Lime up quite a bit...

1/04/2005 03:45:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Yeah, Sarah, the radio series gave me hope that such a Harry Lime comic series would be an actual workable idea.

I wonder if any of the old serials are available anywhere.

Anyone ever been to the Museum of TV & Radio in New York for anything other than an exhibit?

I think that they may actually give access to stuff like that...that would be impressive.

1/04/2005 03:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow would make a neat comic. It would be a real throw back to the way comics were done with a little bit a modern taste thrown in.

Priestvyrce

1/07/2005 11:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clockwork Orange. I know it was a novel first, but fuck you; it'd be a great comic. Robocop, provided Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner wrote it and Frank Miller stayed the fuck away. Spinal Tap. Yellow Submarine, an ongoing series written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz.

1/26/2005 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger Walaka said...

I'd love to series called "Tales of Sun Security."

This was the outfit that the Michelle Yeoh character ran in "Crouching Tiger." Different assignments each issue, with a different client and a different mystery/conflict/caper.

You could even retcon in Jade Fox as a recurring villian.

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