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Hollywood digs through comic bins and pulls out The Darkness, Strikeforce: Morituri and The Red Star

07.19.2011

On the eve of San Diego Comic Con, some people in Hollywood must have realized there are still a few comic properties that haven't already been grabbed for movie treatment.

Sifting through the bargain bins, producers Waterman Entertainment dug up the late-80s Marvel series STRIKEFORCE: MORITURI, and has the book's creator Peter B. Gillis adapting for the screen. The story follows soldiers enhanced with crap-shoot super-powers (some great, some worthless) in order to fight a war against invading aliens in the future. The downside to their new abilities is that they have less than a year to live once the process is complete. The Sci-Fi Channel had once planned to turn the property into a series, which never materialized. [Variety]

Meanwhile, the Top Cow comic THE DARKNESS is getting a new shot at the big time, thanks to production company Mandeville Films (THE FIGHTER). The book involves a young mob hitman who can manifest other-dimensional demonic matter like imps and tentacles to do his bidding. Previous attempts at a movie had directors like the Pang Brothers (THE EYE) and Andrew Lau (INFERNAL AFFAIRS) lined up. The property was already adapted into a 2007 console videogame, with a sequel currently in the works.  [LA Times]

And last but certainly not least, Warner Bros. and producer/noisemaker Neal Moritz (FAST AND THE FURIOUS series) are planning a feature based on Christian Gossett's THE RED STAR. The epic story takes place in a futuristic parallel universe where Communism and the Soviet Empire have survived the test of time, and where magic and war machines work in unison. Internal corruption and perpetual border wars however have taken their toll on the Empire of the Red Star, and now her people long for an end to the hostilities, but nevertheless continue to fight to defend their motherland from those that threaten her.

The property has been kicking around Hollywood since its 1999 debut, most recently with Universal and director/producer Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED). A videogame based on the comic was released in 2007 for Playstation 2. [Heat Vision]

Extra Tidbit: Expect another few dozen comic series and graphic novels to get optioned for feature/TV treatment over the impending Con weekend...
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2:23PM on 07/20/2011
I remember Strikeforce. That was actually some decent story telling.

I remember Strikeforce. That was actually some decent story telling.

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2:15PM on 07/20/2011
I really hope SF:M happens. It would be nice to see a mostly unknown property done well and succeed, a'la Blade, and hopefully this means that Marvel will release a proper collection of the series, something at least one person asks them for at the Marvel SDCC panel every year.

Also, big props to The Red Star and the crew that made the damn thing. That property has been hanging around for years now and remains in the conversation due to a loyal fanbase and their great presence at
I really hope SF:M happens. It would be nice to see a mostly unknown property done well and succeed, a'la Blade, and hopefully this means that Marvel will release a proper collection of the series, something at least one person asks them for at the Marvel SDCC panel every year.

Also, big props to The Red Star and the crew that made the damn thing. That property has been hanging around for years now and remains in the conversation due to a loyal fanbase and their great presence at conventions. Every time I meet those guys, they're some of the nicest and most appreciative creators I've spoken to. I really hope the movie works out because other than a video game, lots of people don't yet know about them. Check the bins and read their great stuff guys!
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1:07PM on 07/20/2011
The Darkness has that Goodfellas meets Spawn vibe that could, theoretically, make for a fun action movie.
The Darkness has that Goodfellas meets Spawn vibe that could, theoretically, make for a fun action movie.
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10:46AM on 07/20/2011
Strikeforce... used to read it. It kept you on your toes, that's for sure.
Strikeforce... used to read it. It kept you on your toes, that's for sure.
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10:45AM on 07/20/2011
Where's that Witchblade flick that was announced two or three years ago? That's what I want (if done properly). IMDb still lists it as "in development".
Where's that Witchblade flick that was announced two or three years ago? That's what I want (if done properly). IMDb still lists it as "in development".
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9:04AM on 07/20/2011

Hell yeah to Strikeforce: Morituri

A friend scored an old copy of Strikeforce and loaned it to me. What made it really intriguing was that you never knew when the characters were going to die; you'd flip to the next page and suddenly find your favourite character had just bought the farm. If done right (David Fincher?), this would be an awesome movie.
A friend scored an old copy of Strikeforce and loaned it to me. What made it really intriguing was that you never knew when the characters were going to die; you'd flip to the next page and suddenly find your favourite character had just bought the farm. If done right (David Fincher?), this would be an awesome movie.
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6:06AM on 07/20/2011
i loved strikeforce!!
i loved strikeforce!!
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3:33AM on 07/20/2011
I only read the first few issues of the Red Star when it first came out, but it could make for a good movie. Not sure if US audiences will flock to see it, though.

The Darkness, however, is perfect for a movie and I'm surprised it took them this long to start one. Would love to see someone like Alex Proyas direct.
I only read the first few issues of the Red Star when it first came out, but it could make for a good movie. Not sure if US audiences will flock to see it, though.

The Darkness, however, is perfect for a movie and I'm surprised it took them this long to start one. Would love to see someone like Alex Proyas direct.
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3:13AM on 07/20/2011
In related news. I just sold the rights to a comicbook I haven't yet written, illustrated, collaborated, invented, or even brainstormed yet.
In related news. I just sold the rights to a comicbook I haven't yet written, illustrated, collaborated, invented, or even brainstormed yet.
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2:37AM on 07/20/2011

That's it?

Where's my Prototype (ultraverse) movie??

But seriously, I've heard good things about The Darkness and this Red Star sounds very intriguing.
Where's my Prototype (ultraverse) movie??

But seriously, I've heard good things about The Darkness and this Red Star sounds very intriguing.
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12:48AM on 07/20/2011

The Darkness

Garth Ennis and Marc Silvestri's first 6 or 7 issues would make a really great movie - IF it were done properly.
Garth Ennis and Marc Silvestri's first 6 or 7 issues would make a really great movie - IF it were done properly.
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12:08AM on 07/20/2011

Strikeforce

I remember reading about Strikeforce: Morituri in an old issue of Wizard magazine (before they went tits-up) and thinking that it was a really intriguing premise for a film (or HBO series).Kind of nice to hear they're taking a shot at it, finally. It seemed to me that if Fincher ever came close to doing a superhero movie, this would be a prime candidate.
I remember reading about Strikeforce: Morituri in an old issue of Wizard magazine (before they went tits-up) and thinking that it was a really intriguing premise for a film (or HBO series).Kind of nice to hear they're taking a shot at it, finally. It seemed to me that if Fincher ever came close to doing a superhero movie, this would be a prime candidate.
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11:56PM on 07/19/2011

Hmm... out of this lot the only one that interests me is....

"The Darkness."

Red Star- Screw that Commie crap.

Never heard of "Strikeforce" but it does have an intriguing plot to it but I don't think it'll be a big seller as say Marvel's other properties.

I do wonder with Hollywood digging through the bins of graphic novels when we'll ever see a "Danger Girl", "Wildcats", or "Witchblade" or lesser known character indie comics to the big-screen. Hell, a "SPAWN" remake would be nice too while we're at it.
"The Darkness."

Red Star- Screw that Commie crap.

Never heard of "Strikeforce" but it does have an intriguing plot to it but I don't think it'll be a big seller as say Marvel's other properties.

I do wonder with Hollywood digging through the bins of graphic novels when we'll ever see a "Danger Girl", "Wildcats", or "Witchblade" or lesser known character indie comics to the big-screen. Hell, a "SPAWN" remake would be nice too while we're at it.
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11:49PM on 07/19/2011
Yep, I'd pay to see a Strikeforce Morituri movie in theaters.
Yep, I'd pay to see a Strikeforce Morituri movie in theaters.
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