CATEGORIES Action, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Home Entertainment, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Features, CinematicalFile this one under stories you might have missed: Two more Grant Morrison-related film projects are headed toward production, one for the big screen and the other for the small screen. At SDCC this past weekend, we learned that the the prolific, popular, critically-acclaimed comic book writer, had one film project, Sinatoro, already lined up. But he was only getting started. Morrison has not one, not two, but three film projects.
In addition to Sinatoro, Morrison's Joe the Barbarian, an eight-issue fantasy miniseries Morrison created and wrote with Sean Murphy as co-creator and artist for DC Comics (under their Vertigo imprint), has been picked up for development by Thunder Road Pictures, a production company best known for the recent Clash of the Titans remake. Joe the Barbarian centers on a diabetic twelve year-old named Joe who gets pulled into a fantasy world during a diabetic shock. Inside the fantasy world, he's identified as the lost savior of a prophecy. As the savior, he's expected to save the other reality from a villain named King Death. In the "real" world, Joe attempts to survive a dangerous diabetic shock. It definitely sounds promising, especially given the recent resurgence in multi-level reality fictions (e.g., Inception, next spring's Sucker Punch). Morrison, however, won't be writing the screenplay for Joe the Barbarian.
While Joe the Barbarian may or may not happen, Morrison's other project, All-Star Superman, a direct-to-DVD feature-length adaptation of Morrison's award-winning comic book series, is already in production. Slated for a spring 2011 release, All-Star Superman has been adapted by comic book and animated series writer Dwayne MacDuffie (Ben 10 and its various incarnations, Justice League Unlimited) as part of Warner Bros. Animation's DC Universe Original Movie series produced by Bruce Timm (Justice League, Batman: The Animated Series). Illustrated by frequent Morrison collaborator Frank Quitely (Batman and Robin, We3), took more than two years to complete its planned 12-issue run, but even by the mid-point, it was obvious that Morrison and Quitely had delivered something special, an ode to the Silver Age Superman, his supporting characters, super-villains, and the wild, absurdist ideas that made that era in comic books so memorable.
Feel free to sound off in the comments about Morrison's latest comic book-to-film projects. Are you excited about seeing Morrison and Quitely's take on Superman adapted for the small screen? What about Joe the Barbarian? Will it still be (or feel) fresh when, presumably, it hits theaters in two or three years?
[Hat tip to CBR]