Comics2Film: Issue #105

Wed, February 2nd, 2000 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Rob Worley, Columnist


[Faust] [Captain Margolies]
Mark Frost As Faust. Jeff Combs as Detective Margolies
[Doctor Jade De Camp] [M]
Isabel Brook as Doctor Jade De Camp Andrew Divoff as M
[Claire[ [Hapi]
Monica Van Campen as Claire Marc Martinez as Hapi
[Brian Yuzna]
Director Brian Yuzna

Comics 2 Film is pleased to present a first look at images from the upcoming

movie Faust. We spoke with David Quinn, who co-created the comic with Tim Vigil

and wrote the screenplay for the film. What should fans expect from the movie?

"We're talking violent and sexual and complex characters, but something

that we can edit for an R rating...hopefully." Quinn said laughing.

"Going into the movie it feels like there's three protagonists, three

good guys to look through their eyes," Quinn told us.

"One is a cop, one is a psychiatrist and one is Faust, an insane killer.

At first you experience it through the cop and it feels like a cop movie. Then

you experience it through the psychiatrist's eyes and it starts to feel

like...Silence of the Lambs. Then you're left with only John Jaspers, Faust and

you realize all bets are off.

"That's a fun movie to get into and I think [director] Brian [Yuzna]

picked that up right away. Its' a little more complicated because it blends

three genres, but he got excited about that and that made me feel like 'OK...he

got that.'"

Yuzna came on board the property without having read the comics first.

"He read the script first. He read it as a screenplay and then found out it

was a comic," Quinn commented. "Totally backward."

Although Yuzna had not read the comics beforehand, he was familiar with the

material by the time filming started. "He really did try to work with

myself and work with Tim Vigil, to study the comics, to talk to both of us. He

looked at the way Tim drew things when he went to get designers. And he did work

from my screenplay" Quinn told us. "We were pretty happy that Brian

turned out to enjoy the visuals of the comic a lot, which is not to say the

would literally reproduce them but he knew where we started."

Lest fans fear that Faust won't be seen in all his super- psycho-hero glory:

"He wears the costume," Quinn assured us. The writer revealed that the

Faust costume is of the rubber suit variety. However, the filmmakers will use

certain techniques to keep things real. "[The movie is] written so that a

lot of the scenes are so you never seen him in full light. It's also a good way

to do a movie that's more about horror than about a super-hero."

Although Quinn hasn't been involved with the movie since the production went

to Barcelona, he continues to work on various projects in comics and in film.

He'll have comics out this year from Avatar, Ultimate Sports, Marvel and DC.

Look for more images from the Faust movie this Thursday on Comics 2 Film.

Special thanks to Dizey for the technical assist!


[Foot Soldiers]

Comics 2 Film caught up with Earth X scribe and Big Bad World founder Jim

Krueger to talk about the movie version of his comic book creation The Foot

Soldiers. "I've finished two drafts and now Michael Uslan and Ben Melniker,

who are the guys who optioned the property in the first place, now they're

looking for directors," Krueger told us. Uslan and Melniker may be best

known as producers of the Batman and Swamp Thing movie franchises. Although

Krueger knows of specific directors that the pair is talking to, he's presently

not at liberty to give out any names.

However, trust between Krueger and Uslan seems very high. "Uslan rocks

as an executive producer. I just know that there's a lot of care going into this

and a lot of enthusiasm. He's been totally helpful to me to teach me 'the

Hollywood way of doing things'."

Krueger and Uslan's wasn't the typical meeting between comic creator and

filmmaker. "I met Uslan on a bus, we started talking about Johnny Quest. I

showed him some of the early comics," Krueger explained. Uslan immediately

took to the concept. "The idea of The Foot Soldiers is it's about these

kids in this oppressive, Charles Dickens kind of future, who go to the grave

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yard where all the super-heroes are buried and they rob the grave. So they

literally try to fill the original super-heroes shoes by saving this world.

[Uslan] was into it before the comic was even out. They optioned it a year a

year and a half later."

Although the producers' initially considered other screenwriters, the job of

crafting a script quickly fell to Krueger himself. "A number of people had

been suggested to them to write it and they all had comic book backgrounds. So

last year Uslan said 'You know. I'm looking at this and I'm thinking...why don't

you write it?' And so I did."

Fans of the comics will likely enjoy the screenplay, which borrows from

several of the existing story arcs. "It's got the graveyard parts and a lot

of the stuff from the Dark Horse series but then it's got the Peripheral Man

from the Image series and then it's got a conclusion, which is ultimately for a

series that hasn't been done. It's got a conclusion that kind of winds

everything up."

Krueger also feels that the adaptation is true to the source material.

"I had a couple of people who were die- hard Foot Soldiers fans read it.

Every time you adapt something to another medium, things have to change to make

it work in that medium. Everyone read it and said 'This is totally in the spirit

of what the book was.' If anything it's Foot Soldiers to a purer degree."

Naturally the lead characters of Second Story Kid, Johnny Stomp and Rags

Murphy: Man of the Cloth appear, as do other characters of the ever expanding

cast. The screenplay also includes the old man who mentors the kids, the

scheming Mr. Lion, the oppressor-turned-sympathizer Wallflower and our favorite

living wall Checkpoint Charlie. Krueger told us "he's just referred to as

Charlie [in the script]. Like in the comics it was always 'Rags Murphy Man of

the Cloth', here its just Rags."

Don't look for the much-anticipated debut of wheel-man Spindle Six in the

movie. "I didn't put the wheels guy in the movie, but I'll be going to be

doing some more Foot Soldiers [comics] later this year and he's prominent in

that." In addition to new Foot Soldiers books, Krueger is working on the

next installments of his self-published Alphabet Supes and Fly Boys. Likewise

he's busy with his Earth X sequel Universe X. "It's three years after the

events of Earth X. I think it's in the summer some time I think it's scheduled


For more information about Krueger's work check out the newly launched


Comics 2 Film recently talked to Dave Elliot, VP of Development at Takoma

Entertainment Group about the status of the Shadowman movie. The movie is a hot

prospect for Takoma and New Line Cinema, due in part to the attachment of star

and co-producer Ice Cube.

"We're really excited about doing Shadowman with Ice Cube, especially

given the reception Next Friday got," Elliot told us. The recently released

comedy Next Friday has topped the box office for two weeks in a row. Ice Cube

stars in that movie as well as co-writing and executive producing.

Elliot expects the latest draft of the Shadowman screenplay to be turned in

soon. The production team has been cleared by New Line to begin looking for a



A source at Sonnenfeld/Josephson told Comics 2 Film that the script for the

live-action Tick TV pilot has been completed. Tick creator Ben Edlund wrote the

script. The pilot is now in, or close to, pre-production.


Comic creator Nat Gertler dropped Comics 2 Film a line to update us on the

status of his comic property The Factor. Although it was reported last May that

a TV series based on the comic was in the early stages, Gertler informs us that

the project failed to come together.

"While the series continues to arouse interest at various other

production houses, it is still without a definite home, and we welcome

inquiries," Gertler said.

The critically acclaimed The Factor is described as "a series of

anthologies centering around a superhero who is never seen." Fans

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interested in learning more about the comic or ordering back issues are directed



We've heard plenty of complaints from comic fans about the costumes that the

X-Men will wear in the upcoming movie. However, we're starting to wonder if the

look of the comics won't be altered to be closer to the movie.

Our Comic Wire pal Beau Yarbrough sent us an Adam Kubert rendering of

Wolverine that will be used as a Dynamic Forces special edition cover for

Uncanny X-Men #381. Although the costume Wolverine wears isn't exactly like the

photos we've seen from the movie, it is similar in that it is all black (or

charcoal grey) and features yellow highlights similar to the movie costume. The

costume character still sports his trademark mask, although it too has been

recolored to be completely black.

Yarbrough reminds us that the Superman comics underwent a similar style

change around the time the Superman movie was released. We also recall reading

that the Batman comics were changed in the 60's so they matched the TV show. The

recent Blade comics also featured a redesign that borrowed from the look of the

movie. To be clear, we've heard no official comments that Marvel intends to

alter the look of the comics to match the movie. The above cover just got us

thinking in that direction.


Sam Raimi is in final negotiations to take on directing chores of the Spider-Man

movie according to the The Hollywood Reporter. Previous reports indicated that

Raimi might start Spider-Man in spring or early summer, if Paramount could be

convinced to freeze post-production on Raimi's current project The Gift,

allowing Raimi to go into post on both movies at the end of this year. The

latest report now states that Raimi would start work on Spidey in late fall

(presumably completing The Gift beforehand). Sony is hoping for a summer 2001

release. The article also claims that Raimi will be using David Koepp's script.


Ain't it Cool News reports that Warner Bros. big-wig Lorenzo DiBonaventura is in

talks with director Darren Aronofsky to direct the next Batman movie. Aronofsky

wrote and directed the 1998 Sundance Director's Award winning Pi and more

recently did double duty on Requiem for a Dream as well.

Hot on the heels of that write-up, The Hollywood Reporter ran an article

confirming that Darren Aronofsky (Pi) is a possible candidate to direct the next

Batman movie. The article refers to the next Batman movie as a "dark,

moodier prequel," fueling speculation that this installment will be based

on the Batman: Year One storyline from the comics.

The article also states that plans for the Bruce Wayne TV show are on hold

until final decisions are made about the movie franchise.


An article from the The Hollywood Reporter's NATPE coverage indicates that the

syndicated Sheena, Queen of the Jungle is doing well for Columbia TriStar

Televison Division. The our long action show, starring Gena Lee Nolin been

cleared in 92% of the country. The figures were announced Wed. by CTTD president

Barry Thurston and executive VP of sale Steve Mosko. "We are delighted with

the response and the level of interest in the series by so many quality

stations," Mosko said.


In an interview with Steve Fritz of Mania magazine, Todd McFarlane talked about

his success in Hollywood. During the interview he touched on the development of

the sequel to the Spawn movie.

"As for the next Spawn live action film, a script has been submitted to

New Line for their approval," McFarlane told Fritz. "We're hopefully

going to have a meeting with New Line later this month. After that we hope to

get everything going."


[Baby Blues]

According to the "Winter Preview Issue" of TV Guide the animated Baby

Blues TV show is set to debut on the WB in March or April of this year. The

show, based on Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott's comic strip stars The cast

includes the recently unemployed Mike O'Malley, Julia Sweeny (Saturday Night

Live) and E.G. Daly (Rugrats).

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