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EXCLUSIVE: Joe the Barbarian film adaptation in the works

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Grab your sword and check your blood sugar: Writer Grant Morrison has informed Robot 6 exclusively that a feature film version of Joe the Barbarian is now in development with Thunder Road Pictures, producers of this year’s Clash of the Titans remake. “Thunder Road just called me today and said we can officially announce it, so I’m quite happy about that,” Morrison says, though he himself won’t be writing the screenplay.

Launched in January, Joe the Barbarian is an eight-issue DC/Vertigo miniseries written by Morrison and illustrated by Sean Murphy. In its pages, a diabetic teenager named Joe is drawn into a fantasy world populated in part by his toys and his pet rat, where he discovers he is the long-prophesied “Dying Boy” who must save the world from the sinister King Death — while in the real world, home alone and delirious from diabetic shock, he struggles to stay alive. A hardcover collection of the acclaimed series is slated for a February 2011 release.

This is the third Morrison movie project announced in as many days: Morrison is writing the independent film Sinatoro for director Adam Egypt Mortimer, while Warner Bros. is planning an animated adaptation of Morrison and Frank Quitely’s Eisner Award-winning series All-Star Superman, written by Justice League Unlimited‘s Dwayne McDuffie.



Thats pretty cool, but the main problem I see for the film is how are they going to capture Sean Murphey’s fantastic art style and put it on big screen?

Great scoop, Sean & Robot 6!

Reginald VelJohnson

July 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm

No! Forget it!

Oh yay, Clash-of-the-freaking-Titans producers. Since Joe hasn’t got much clout behind it, this could be a totally worthless adaptation. Well, at least we’ll get some nice trades out of the deal.

“Grant Morrison has informed Robot 6 exclusively that a feature film version of Joe the Barbarian is now in development”


“with Thunder Road Pictures,”


“producers of this year’s Clash of the Titans remake.”


Best comic currently being produced.

I hold high hopes.

I am loving this comic and will try to remain optimistic about the movie. I’d probably feel better about the whole thing if Morrison were involved in writing the screen play. Then I feel it would have a better chance of staying true to the feel of the comic. But I’ll keep my fingers crossed and remember that even if it does give us a horrible movie, we will all still have a wonderful comic to read.

I really wish I’d have been buying this in singles, I figured there might be a softcover release before christmas. But February 2011? I don’t wanna wait that long.

Phil Sandifer

July 27, 2010 at 9:15 am

Given that one of the core conceits of the comic is that it takes place over the course of a few minutes, a peculiarly comics-based premise (since, unlike film, comics do not have to advance their narrative time at a fixed rate), it does not seem to me like fidelity to the comic is desirable or even necessarily possible. More than almost anything on the stands (and more than anything not written by Morrison or Moore in the last decade) Joe the Barbarian is, in its current form, uniquely and specifically designed to be a comic. Adapting it to screen is certainly possible, but it’s going to need heavy changes, not Watchmenesque fidelity. Handing it to a new set of eyes is exactly what the film needs to work as a film.

Definitely excited, I would be way more excited if Morrison would be writing the screenplay because then there’d be no doubt this would be amazing, also excited for the other two movies, Now now if only WE3 would be made into one!

Joe the Barbarian has been along with Turf my two favorite comics of the year.However,I have heard nothing good about Thunder Roads treatment of Clash of the Titans which was a pretty bizarre choice for a remake anyway.Not at the top of my Harryhausen list. Joe has a lot more going for it and if successful could launch other writers non super hero projects that don’t depend on over the top violence to sell tickets.But who am I kidding? This is Hollywood we’re talking here

This should be very cool!

Tillfelix asks:


I say, “Why not?”

I love Joe. I was just thinking last night there should be a Joe movie and here it is! They have been rocking the 3rd party comic movies with kick ass and Scott Pilgrim. Maybe it’ll work maybe it wont. Of will be exciting to see and even if it sucks it doesn’t change the fact that the comics rock! Woot!

they better not fuck it up. I want to see Patrick Stewart in uniform with his leg missing, standing with snake eyes and a transformer.

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