Although it wasn’t a comic, the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon took the comics world — and the New York Times bestseller’s list — by storm when it was released. The novel made Chabon an unofficial luminary in comics circles, and even promoted a spin-off comic series years later through Dark Horse. With all the success, there’s been a lot of talk of a possible film adaptation, with names such as Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman attached at times but so far nothing ever got beyond the planning stages.
Although we’ve got no finished film to see, artist Jamie Caliri has recently posted online a live action / animated sequence that producer Scott Rudin (No Country For Old Men, True Grit) commissioned from him in an effort to win funding for a full-length movie. Nothing came of it, but this well-done short film gives us a real taste of what could have been.