Comics have become ideal source material in Hollywood’s eternal search for the next blockbuster. But in the numerous attempts to transform comic-book heroes into movie stars, some have, inevitably, failed in the making. I don’t mean failed as in bad, but rather adaptations that were announced only to be canceled before moving into production. For today’s “Six by 6,” I look at six instances of movies that spiraled into an early grave, and commiserate over what could’ve been.
1. George Miller’s Justice League: In 2007, Warner Bros. was hard at work developing a a feature based on DC Comics’ top superhero team. In September 2007, the studio announced the hiring of director George Miller of Mad Max and Happy Feet fame, and pushed to get the film finished before the writers’ strike. The proposed budget clocked in at $220 million, with set already being constructed by early 2008 in Australia. Producers even went so far as casting Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Common as Green Lantern and Adam Brody as the Flash, before the project was abruptly shelved. After the creation of DC Entertainment in 2009, this Justice League movie was permanently canned in favor of a new approach. I would love to have witnessed a movie like this. Miller is an excellent, and mind-bendingly diverse, director, and much of the movie would have relied on the strength of the script.
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Last week I wrote a piece on CBR on movie screenwriters seeing comics as a home for screenplays that never got a shot at becoming a movie, and one of the subjects was Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. News coming out of Europe shows that the director’s done more than just talked about it, he’s done it.
/Film has the scoop that French publisher Le Lombard has released the first graphic novel in the series, titled Noe. This 72 page book is on sale for €15.95 and I can already feel Aronofsky fans in America and the UK looking for a place to buy it. No English-language release has been scheduled, but that doesn’t mean it won’t soon. After initially passing on the movie, Paramount has since greenlit this project for a movie — similiar to how Aronofsky brought The Fountain to Vertigo before getting a second chance to film it.
The graphic novel Noe is co-written by Ari Handel and illustrated by Nico Henrichon, best known for his OGN Pride of Baghdad with Brian K. Vaughn. Click through for a first look at pages from the book.