The GeeksverseIs Every Comic Property Becoming a Movie?

Is Every Comic Property Becoming a Movie?
Published on Monday, October 25, 2010 by

Marvel’s cult favorite comic book, “The Runaways”, which was short lived as a series is being made into a feature film with shooting to begin in January 2011. Dynamite’s excellant series, “The Boys”, has been optioned. The obscure “Cowboys and Aliens” is coming out soon. “Kick-Ass” was made into a movie before the first comic was even done, the sequal is getting ready to go and the comic sequal hasn’t even seen print yet. At SDCC, how many projects were mentioned that have been optioned and/or picked up and/or have a producer or director attached?

It seems like every other announcement is “has been picked up to be made into a feature film.”

Top Cow announced that two books from the next ‘season’ of Pilot Season have already been picked up. Radical has a couple of books in various stages of development and some that haven’t even made it to the comic book page yet.

Now granted that just because it’s been optioned or has a producer attached doesn’t mean its ever going to get made. The recently announced pick up of “Mage: The Hero Discovered” by one of the producers of the Watchmen is a good example, it had been picked up by someone else a long time ago.

These could all sit for years and years.

But doesn’t it seem like thats the big thing nowadays? It almost seems like it can’t be a viable comic book property unless it’s also got a potential movie attached.

That’s just ridiculous.

Yes, the movies are a big boon for the comic industry. But it can also be a double edged sword. If we, as an industry, start looking towards producing comic books with the intent of it being a movie, we stand to lose what makes comic books so special. Whether or not there’s a movie version of the book coming means squat to me. It has no influence on whether its a good comic book or not.

And usually the movies are so different from the source that it seems silly to even call it the same. “Wanted” the movie is nothing like “Wanted” the comic book.

Imprints and Publishers are even starting up with tag lines saying how they’ll help get a comic property made into a movie. What ever happened to just making a comic to make a comic?

I want to write comics. I don’t care if it becomes a movie. They are two different mediums with two different ways of telling stories. There are things you can do in a comic that you can’t do in a movie. Thats why alot of adaptions fail, some comic elements just don’t transfer to the big screen.

Is it really all about the money that comes with having a movie attached to a project?

I’d hope not.

We’ve also seen an influx of creators come from Hollywood, and I’ll cover that in another column.

Is this hollywood-ifying of the comic industry really a good thing? How much has it really helped the industry as a whole having all these creators with hollywood credentials writing and creating comic books?

Is it just cases of using a “name” to help sell the book?

I wish I could find some numbers on just how much of an impact the new ties between Hollywood and Comic Books has created in the industry. It’s helped Hollywood out alot, obviously, but what is the impact on the comic end?

Besides giving the creators lots of money, how has this helped the industry as a whole? It weakens the industry if creators just come in to use the comic book to jumpstart and help get their foot in the door of Hollywood. It hurts the industry when new comics are created for the purpose of getting made into a movie.

Create a comic book to create a comic book and if you happen to get lucky and someone wants to make a movie out of it, great. Just don’t create a comic book to make a movie.

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