With all the effort and money being spent on movies and TV shows based on comic book properties, I was thinking about some of the untapped potential out there to convert comic properties into either movies or TV series.
The first one that seems to get the most regular fan service is Sandman. Personally, I think this would make an awful movie, or at least need to be so changed to translate, that it would offend every fan of the book out there. Make no mistake, I am a fan of this book, but this is just not going to make a good film. It would make a great TV series though. I know they are working on American Gods and I hope that it translates well giving Gaiman and the producers the desire to try it with Sandman.
Another book I would really like to see done for TV is Mage by Matt Wagner. The style of this story would lend itself well to the format and be a very fun series. Despite the need for some serious special effects in the story, they are manageable; the cast would be a relatively small one. To be honest though, I would just be happy if the final book of the 3 book series would show up before I die. Wagner’s other property; Grendel would also make for a pretty decent ongoing TV series.
Something that might make a fun all ages film is Joe the Barbarian, by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy. It could be done as light or as dark depending on what the film makers want. The story is something that could be very malleable without wholesale changes and is a touching and involving story that can reach any audience. Another good potential source for another all ages film is I Kill Giants. This is still one of my favorite books and I cannot imagine this one failing if it were done by someone good. Hey, Pixar, jump at it!
Why Strangers in Paradise has not been done as a TV show is beyond me. Terry Moore’s masterpiece has it all. Drama, complex relationships, sex, violence and plenty of room for melodrama of the prime time soap variety. It crosses most of the adult target demographics and still manages a very powerful and intense story. This would most certainly need to be on a network like HBO, as the content would need to be fairly adult, but this show just screams “must watch”.
Paul Chadwick’s Concrete might translate well to either medium, really. It is such a well told story that just about any way you decided to tell it, could work. There is the sci-fi/fantasy element and the dramatic aspects that could really set a show based on this one of the coolest offerings in either medium.
Am I the only one out there that would love to see another Rocketeer movie? Slap Zac Effron or Taylor Lautner in the helmet and that is a movie that makes a pile of cash. (The wife unit agrees strongly on this one)
Since Hollywood is doing so much rebooting, it would be nice to see some of the books that were ruined back in the day, be given a proper treatment. Dr Strange could be super cool now and Marvel is said to be working on it. The 1978 made-for-TV movie starring Peter Hooten was so cheaply done that it is actually a little trippy and cool, but with all the play sparkly vampires and young monster hunters get these days, just make him a 20 something (or a very youthful and cool 30) and this film sells itself.
I would like to see another try at Isis too. The Saturday morning Shazam/Isis Power Hour was fun for the mid 70’s and could probably be well done today. But that is just me wishing.
A failed attempt to bring Wonder Woman back last year shows that the mainstream is not ready for this one yet. Either David E Kelly tanked it or a Linda Carter-less show is just not going to fly . Speaking of failed tries, Global Frequency had lots of potential but Warner Brothers soured on it when they failed to grasp the viral quality of fans on the internet. At least the pilot is out the to be downloaded.
These and all the great series that have made good cartoons series like FF, Justice League etc; there are piles of worthy material waiting to be tapped.