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Just one day after Fox held their New York premiere for the upcoming series Gotham, which debuts on Monday, September 22, the network has issued a put pilot commitment for another DC adaptation, Lucifer.
Californication creator Tom Kapinos is writing the pilot script, based on the Lucifer character who has appeared in Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics and has also had its own comic spin-off. The story follows the title character, who has grown bored from reigning as the Lord of Hell. He decides to abandon his post and head to Los Angeles, where he opens a piano bar dubbed Lux. The comic book character is inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost. Mike Carey created the DC/Vertigo spin-off, which ran for 75 issues between 2000 and 2006.
A put pilot commitment almost guarantees that Fox will issue a series order, since the network will have to pay a significant penalty if the pilot episode doesn't air. »
Tom Kapinos ("Californication") will executive produce "Lucifer," based on the character who started off as a supporting player in Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" comics before top lining his own spinoff at DC Vertigo.
In the "Sandman" comics, which takes much of its influence of Hell from Milton's "Paradise Lost," the beautiful fallen angel Lucifer Morningstar grows tired of ruling Hell and gives up the throne to live out eternity on a beach in Western Australia.
The TV series will take its premise from the solo "Lucifer" spin-off comic series in which the fallen angel has now moved to the United States and is now running an exclusive piano bar called Lux in Los Angeles.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
According to Deadline, Fox have given a pilot commitment to Lucifer, with Californication creator and executive producer Tom Kapinos attached to develop the project for DC Comics and Warner Bros. The character was a supporting player in Neil Gaiman's Sandman (which Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer are currently trying to bring to the big screen), but he would later get his own pretty popular spin-off. The site adds that the TV series which Kapinos is also writing, "centers on Lucifer who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux." This Fall will see Arrow, Constantine, The Flash and Gotham all on TV, with Supergirl and a Nightwing led Titans series also on the way. Lucifer's adventures have taken place on Earth, Heaven and in »
You are thousands of years old. You have amazing powers. You have watched civilizations rise and fall. So why don’t you remember any of this? Best-selling author, Neil Gaiman (Marvel: 1602) is joined by superstar artist, John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man), to bring you the extraordinary tale of the Eternals. Medical student Mark Curry’s world is turned upside-down when he meets Ike Harris, a man who believes that he’s part of a centuries-old race of super-powered beings put here on Earth by aliens to preserve and safeguard the planet – and even crazier, tries to convince Mark that he is one too. Today, Marvel Knights Animation’s Eternals DVD debuts for the first time on home entertainment shelves from Shout! Factory.
This highly anticipated Marvel Knights Animation release boasts unparalleled storytelling combined with rich visual animation and an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus feature that provides an intimate look at the development of this amazing story. »
- ComicMix Staff
Tonight, Americans have the choice between watching Dancing with the Stars, Monday Night Football, and … a SyFy movie with gay Russian spies on the moon. Curious? You’re not alone: SyFy executives thought the same thing of Bryan Fuller’s newest creation, High Moon. For four years, Fuller and the channel entered into an on-again, off-again relationship. At first it was a pilot, then a miniseries, then back to a pilot, then back to… you get the idea.
“ecause of how strange the development process was at the network, I don’t think anybody was surprised [that it wasn't made into a series],” Fuller said. “Right before we were ordered, »
- Kathryn Luttner
"Hannibal" and "Pushing Daisies" producer Bryan Fuller is moving forward with the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel "American Gods". In a new and lengthy interview with Den of Geek, Fuller says he and screenwriter Michael Green have no plans to whitewash the lead character of Shadow as some feared might happen:
"In our conversations about who our ideals are for specific roles, Shadow is described as... is he a gypsy? Is he Hispanic? Is he black? Or is he all of those things in one? So we know that he is not white! I think if we cast a white man to play Shadow we would be the biggest a--holes on television."
The plan is to not just translate but potentially expand upon the world which Gaiman created:
"You have to ground it in the emotional reality of what Shadow, or Wednesday, or Laura is experiencing in that moment. »
- Garth Franklin
Looks like the cat’s out of the bag, thanks to the loose lips of one Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. DC have been trying their best to play catch up with the phenomenally successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has seen their closest comic book rivals adapt their superhero characters to the silver screen with huge box office returns and critical acclaim alike. To that end they recently announced plans for eleven upcoming movies of their own, and since then speculation has been rife as to what these projects actually are. We know we’re getting Batman V Superman: Dour Of Justice sometime in 2016, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s working on turning Neil Gaiman’s sprawling Sandman series into a viable 90 minute feature aaaaaaand that’s pretty much it so far as concrete details go.
Or at least it was, until the former WWE champion-turned-really pretty good actor subtly hinted »
- Tom Baker
A few weeks ago, we were whisked away to the magical land of Portland, Oregon, for the sole purpose of visiting Laika, the animation studio whose dazzling new stop motion confection "The Boxtrolls," opens later this month. As you can imagine, it was downright magical and while we were there, for a few short hours, we tried to soak up all we could from the place - the sets, the people, the vibe - so we relay that special feeling to you. It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime treat, to the point that we had to actively wonder if we had come down with some incurable disease and they were whisking us there as a dying wish.
While we tried to cram as many anecdotes and notes as we could into our trip, but we were also working (see our adorable interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who voices Eggs, a small child »
- Drew Taylor
Written and Directed by Dave McKean
While Mirrormask has become something of a cult film, Dave McKean is still better known for his work in illustration than his directorial efforts in film. McKean’s groundbreaking style consistently raised the bar in comic art; his contribution to the 1989 release of “Arkham Asylum”, written by Grant Morrison, helped change our understanding of the comic art. McKean’s style seemed uniquely suited to the mind space of an asylum, his layered mixed media style reflective of thoughts and emotions in conflict. Perhaps his best known work is his contributions to the cover art for Neil Gaiman’s iconic Sandman series, once again cementing the phantasmagoric quality of McKean’s work. His contribution to Gaiman highlighted the obscured landscape of nightmares which he frightfully recreated through superimposition, collage and drawing.
It should be no surprise that McKean’s transition into filmmaking would »
- Justine Smith
Travis Knight is an unusual man. He has two jobs at stop motion animation studio Laika. Firstly, he runs the company. But secondly, he's part of the animation crew, taking direction from a film's directors.
I have an ongoing belief that it's important to talk to children about 'real' things, and that there are few better Trojan horses via which to do that than film. When you look at a project that's appropriate for your company, is there a resonance that you're looking for, and is that way Laika's films to date have been steeped in pre-established literature? »
Until today, I had no idea that Robin Williams was looking to be a part of an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Good Omens. This might be old news for some of you, but I just found out that the production would have teamed Williams up with Johnny Depp and re-team him with The Fisher King director Terry Gilliam!
A fan asked Gaiman on Twitter if this was all true recently and the writer simply replied with, "Yes." This would have made for such a great movie, and it's a shame that it never happened. As you know, Gilliam has a very unconventional brand of filmmaking, and because of that Good Omens struggled to secure funding so it was eventually shelved indefinitely.
Maybe one day the movie will eventually happen, but it's just incredibly sad that Williams won't be a part of it if it does. For those of you not familiar with the story, »
- Joey Paur
Warning: contains a minor spoiler for American Gods.
While chatting to Bryan Fuller about plans for Hannibal season three, we couldn’t fail to bring up the forthcoming TV version of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, which Fuller is currently adapting for Starz with Heroes’ Michael Green.
The full interview will be on the site next week, but in the meantime, here are a few excerpts from our chat, taking in why the project failed at HBO, plans for the show to extend beyond the world of the novel and into multiple seasons, how the series will approach some of the novel’s stranger moments, and what would make he and Michael Green “the biggest assholes in television”...
On why American Gods [which HBO originally had the option on adapting] proved so tricky for HBO to get right: »
In the wake of the unexpected and tragic death of Robin Williams, producers of his most recent projects were left wondering how to either complete them in his absence, or promote them without their shining star. But among the many things we'll miss from this beloved funnyman is a reunion with Terry Gilliam for his would-be adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Good Omens. Gaiman himself reminded us all of this loss on Twitter. Yes. Rt @Reidbynature: Was it true that Robin Williams was considered for starring in an adaptation of Good Omens opposite Johnny Depp?. Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 6, 2014 Any fan of Terry Gilliam knows that his filmography is almost as defined by those he's made as it is those he hasn't. Among his success are 1991's Academy Award-winning dramedy The Fisher King, which earned Robin Williams his third Oscar nomination. Over ten years later, Gilliam was hot to reteam »
As Laika prepares to release The Boxtrolls, we look back at its earlier stop-motion masterpiece, the horror-tinged Coraline...
When it comes to the “behind the sofa” entertainment of their youth, older readers will have plenty to talk about, from the Child Catcher to the Daleks. For kids, the splashes of horror in otherwise family friendly films are what teach them how not to be scared. In recent years, we've seen an even greater resurgence of the horror genre in animated movies.
Features like Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania evoked the tropes of classic horror to either pastiche or parody expectations, but we'd go so far as to say that Laika has been stridently leading the charge for horror movies aimed explicitly at a family audience. The Boxtrolls is the third stop-motion feature from the studio, following 2012's zombie movie ParaNorman and 2009's Coraline, which is probably the scariest family film of this century. »
That’s not to knock the clothes, which were ostensibly the focal point of the piece—after all, the play was composed for Fashion Week. Nor is it to say that there weren’t good actors on stage. The cast consisted of stars like John Cameron Mitchell, Bobby Cannavale, Catherine Keener, Rashida Jones, and Elle Fanning.
But when the curtains opened to reveal that the audience was actually sitting in the back of the Metropolitan Opera House, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Rrmbllll Kkkkrrakkk goes the lightning as Frank Miller’s Batman hits the streets for the first time in 1986’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns. A faceless, lowlife pimp throws one of his girls into a cab, threatening to cut her. The bearded, downtrodden cabbie accepts a stack of bills from the pimp; he mutters to himself, “dog eat dog world…” Unseen, Batman descends onto the yellow, checkered cab’s roof. The pimp finds himself on the receiving end of some brutality off-panel. The money is shredded. And with another Krakk – end scene.
This hardly feels like pages ripped from a William Gibson novel, more like frames from a grainy, 35-mm Taxi Driver print. The synopsis for Tdkr returns dubs itself “near-future”, and the genre “cyber-punk” has been tossed around by readers and critics alike. But really (mutant punks aside) the book falls into the Death Wish genre. Aging man, urban and moral decay, »
- Dan Black
At Baltimore Comic Con, I got the opportunity to chat with up and coming comics writer Marguerite Bennett about her projects past, present, and future for companies including Marvel, DC, and Boom! We also discussed her mentor Scott Snyder (Batman, The Wake), Batman: The Animated Series, and her time at the University of Mary Washington, which happens to be the college I am currently attending.
SoS: What was the first comic you ever read? How old were you? What was the context?
Marguerite Bennett: This isn’t exactly a comic, but Batman: The Animated Series was my big hook into the Bat-universe. after that, my friend Travis Covey would show me single issues from things like X-Men and Spawn. They were always completely out of the arc they were a part of so I’d be six years old going through these pages with no concept of what was going on. »
- Logan Dalton
I’ve turned over a new leaf. You see, I passed up an opportunity this week. I could’ve reviewed the much anticipated Grendel Vs The Shadow crossover and passed up on either Alice Cooper or the new Silent Hill comic, even though they actually fit better the horror movie format of Destroy The Brain. But I didn’t! So instead you get three reviews of three horror comics, and I’m going to try to stick more to horror comics from here on out, when I can.
Full disclosure; the Grendel Vs The Shadow comic is $6! Honestly, this pretty well scared me away from doing it even more. Sure, I probably could’ve just reviewed that and skipped Alice Cooper and Silent Hill, but that would’ve been even more of a betrayal of Destroy The Brain.
You can trust me to be honest about these things. Really, you can. »
- Chris Melkus
(Cbr) - Even as a "Sandman" movie takes its first steps at Warner Bros. and "American Gods" moves from HBO to Starz, an adaptation of another Neil Gaiman book is heading into development. Variety reports that Juliet Blake, who partnered with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey to produce "The Hundred-Foot Journey," has acquired the film rights to "Hansel & Gretel," the forthcoming reimagining of the Brothers Grimm tale by Gaiman and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti. "For me, retelling 'Hansel and Gretel' was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now," Gaiman said in a statement. "It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger, and about families." "Hansel & Gretel" will be published Oct. 28 by Toon Books. Gaiman’s earlier works "Coraline" and "Stardust" have already been adapted for the big screen. Like the latter, »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Neil Gaiman has written his own version of the classic Grimm fairytale Hansel & Gretel. It hasn't even been published yet, but the feature film rights have already been acquired. They were picked up by Juliet Blake, who recently teamed up with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey to produce the wonderful film The Hundred-Foot Journey.
The beautifully gloomy artwork you see here was done for the book by artist Lorenzo Mattotti, and it has been described as "a stunning book capturing the terror and longing found in the classic fairy tale: at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare".
I would love to see an animated film in this dark style of art, but the plan is to do it live-action, which is fine. Gaiman had this to say in a statement:
- Joey Paur
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