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Warren Ellis’ Brutal Graphic Novel RED Headed For The Big Screen!!

I am – Hercules!!
The great Warren Ellis, whose superb sci-fi graphic novel “Ocean” is wending its way toward cinematic greatness, is watching as another of his awesome titles, “Red,” inches toward a greenlight. Writers Erich & Jon Hoeber (Dominic Sena’s looming thriller “Whiteout”) are adapting. The Hollywood Reporter describes:
The three-issue comic series, published in 2003, told the story of a former black-ops CIA agent now living a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his secret identity compromised and his love interest in danger, the man must reassemble his old team to figure out who is out to get them.
The Reporter asserts that this is the first DC Comics title being made outside the Time Warner fold. But wasn’t “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” a Fox release? Read all of Borys Kit’s story on the matter here.

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  • June 12, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Sounds promising...

    by Heckles

    But I still think we are overdue for a comic-related bust.

  • June 12, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Can we cast it?

    by Heckles

    Could De Niro or Pacino enter the genre? Hell, all they need is a paycheck on the back end. Downey Jr. and Favreau are stoked right now. But that was Iron Man. This is a small series that I would gather not many people have heard of.

  • June 12, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    This is bullshit!

    by Horace Cox

    They ripped off my life story.<P> ***SPOILER*** I killed the assassin. ***END SPOILER***

  • June 12, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    The source material is solid

    by bravogolfhotel

    It's one of Ellis' better short pieces, and it's a straight quasi-realistic thriller, so superhero fatigue shouldn't affect it.

  • June 12, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST

    global frequency

    by Mr_X


  • June 12, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST

    WNB, the nature of comic

    by ChorleyFM

    dialogue is that it is often really dense and heavy with lots of exposition, and can frequently rely on voice-overs which work better on print than on the page. Also, the nature of comics are that you can do practically everythng you can imagine, in film you have budgetary, advertising and censorship constraints that might require things to be altered. Otherwise the writing can just be really bad and it is more acceptable written down than being spoken, see Loeb and a whole host of others. However there are some comic writers, like Ellis and Vaughn where you could practically lift the thing from the source.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    This sounds like every movie ever made in the....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...history of the world. I haven't read the picture book, so for all I know it could be a staggering work of heart braking genius, but who wakes up one day and says "! I just had a GREAT idea!'s a for a story, and there is going to be this guy....some sort of badass, maybe special forces, maybe CIA, maybe an assassin...I don't know. The point is he's retired see?, but someone comes back from his violent past to haunt him! Oh man!, oh man!....and he doesn't want to have to start kicking ass again, but they threaten him and or his family or something, so he HAS to! Yea, and then he has to get his old crew back together too, to help him out. Man, people are going to SHIT when they hear this idea!...."

  • June 12, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    "Warren Ellis Graphic Novel"

    by adultzero

    No love for Cully Hammer, WTF?

  • June 12, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST

    I'd rather just watch 'Commando'

    by Dr Gregory House

    "You're a funny man Sully. I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last."

  • June 12, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    There's a plot I've never heard of before (rolls eyes)

    by ATARI


  • June 12, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST


    by Knuckleduster

    Agreed. Loeb is getting pretty fuckin useless, in my opinion. He should get shot for what he did to The Ultimates.

  • June 12, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    LoEG wasn't originally a DC release

    by Chewtoy

    DC bought... Wildstorm, was it?... after the first miniseries was printed, I believe.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Dr. House

    by Funketeer

    Normally I'd agree with you and start pounding on Herc for his comic book ignorance but this is the first time he didn't use his "best comic book writer not named Alan Moore" line so I'm going to give him a pass. I'm even not going to bust his balls for calling a comic book a graphic novel like an insecure pretentious twat would.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    DC/Time Warner/Fox

    by Funketeer

    Both League and Red are Wildstorm books which, while owned by DC, started out as a creator owned imprint so Moore owns the rights to League and I believe Ellis and Hamner own the rights to Red.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    the "great" Warren Ellis???

    by Circean6

    Mr. Ellis has made it clear time & time again the he hates Americans, hates superheros and certainly hates American Superheros.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by aestheticity

    sounds great to me.

  • June 12, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Circean6...warren only hates americans like you

    by bacci40

    you fookin nit

  • June 12, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    im happy for ellis

    by bacci40

    its about time he get rewarded for all his good works...

  • June 12, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    and the graphic nbovel was based on king crimson's _red_, right?

    by duanejones

    ---------------------------------15-17-19------- --------------------13-15-17--19-- ----------13-14--16--------------- -13-15-16------------------------- ---------------------------------- ----------------------------------

  • June 12, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    the last time i post tablature to aicn...

    by duanejones

  • June 12, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Ellis does NOT hate Americans...

    by grendel824

    ... and while he's often expressed "disdain" for superheroes (and in some ways he's right - it should be easier to pick up a comic that doesn't feature guys in tights hitting each other), he's also got to have some secret love for them somewhere in order to write them so well. The "plot" of Red is certainly not original, but it was a good little story and if a decent movie is made from it, I hope the creative team sees a ton of cash from it. Not everything has to be a super-original high concept work - sometimes the same old stuff done right can be entertaining and worthwhile.

  • June 13, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    True - the build-up was awesome and then Gah Lak Tus turns out to be a swarm of robots. The solution Reed came up with to deal with it was way too cool to waste on a swarm of giant alien robots.<P> And he reused parts of his own unproduced script END TIMES to fill in the second part of the trilogy. Cheap!<P> GLOBAL FREQUENCY is legendary though. The comics are beyond awesome, and the pilot show was fantastic - potentially cou8ld have been the next X-FILES. WB - RELEASE THAT FUCKING PILOT ON DVD NNNOOOOOOOOOOWWWW!!!!!

  • June 13, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Now THAT'S how you do a bionic man story. Could be the best sci-fi horror movie of the 00s, if it were made properly!

  • June 13, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    spud mcspud

    by Knuckleduster

    There was a Global frequency pilot? How do I not know about this? And where can I find it?

  • June 14, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    I liked this when it was COMMANDO...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    For crying out loud, could the plot be any more generic? Why even pay for the rights to this -- what, you're telling me there aren't already like 500 spec action scripts floating out there with this same plot? And aside from diehard comic reading geeks do you ACTUALLY think Ellis' name carries ANY clout to the average person out there? Man, if they wanted to do this story the producers literally could have picked up the phone and called any writer in town and said "Go rent COMMANDO. Same core plot, just update it. Have it to me in 3 weeks."