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Jeff Smith's RASL To Be Adapted For Film!

Nordling here.

I haven't read Jeff Smith's RASL, but I love BONE to ribbons.  BONE's one of those great comic works that you can put right next to WATCHMEN, MAUS, and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS.  I'll definitely have to check RASL out, and it looks like it may be coming to the screen soon in the future, according to Deadline.

RASL is about a former scientist who by the use of a immersion suit can leap into other parallel universes, and steals art from those universes for various clients.  He is chased across those universes by assassins working for the Compound, who want their tech back.  Parallel universes haven't been explored much in film, and this sounds like a good comic to adapt.

Lionel Wigram, who produced the SHERLOCK HOLMES films for Warner Brothers, will be producing this project, along with Smith and Peter Eskelsen as executive producers.  With Jeff Smith directly involved, maybe some day we'll get a BONE movie in the future?  Those books are so epic, though, and so specifically drawn, that I'm not sure a live-action BONE film would be right.  But RASL has the potential to be a terrific take on sci-fi noir.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 12, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST


    by xega

    testing 123

  • March 12, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST

    "BONE's one of those great comic works"


    OK ...... Bone is a very decent work but lets keep it real .... Its not even close to the likes of Watchmen, Dark Knight returns, Maus and the rest .... Fuck me.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by Red43jes

    Typically, I'd agree that Bone should not be held in the high regard mentioned in the article. That is, until I bought the complete collection (bookstore was going outta business and I snagged it CHEAP!). Um, I was WAY off the mark, and its some of the BEST storytelling in a comic series EVER. As far as RASL, I hope it happens. Really great stuff, and it could prove to be a hellva movie. Who would play RASL? I think the role could be filled nicely by quite a few people...

  • March 12, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    The Frugal Gourmet/Boy-Molester is in Graphic Novels?

    by Deandome

    I know people share names, but just yesterday I was wondering what ever happened to this guy when using my Susi garlic press. He sung it's praises on his show & I got one. I'm just glad he didn't try to 'BONE' me in the ass. (see how I brought that back around?).

  • March 12, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I've read Bone, but its popularity kind of escapes me

    by FeralAngel

    Frankly, it's full of drawing errors, the style is heavily influenced by Walt Kelly yet the artist lacks his skill, and the humans are lamely drawn and are often wildly out of proportion. The plot, with the little white blobby dudes caught up in a quest, comes off like Casper the Friendly Ghost(s) meet the Lord of the Rings. I mean, it's CUTE and all, but the thing won all of those Eisner awards? Come on. I'm happy Jeff Smith made a living out of his vision - would that we could all do that - but his success is as puzzling to me as the ridiculous success enjoyed by J.K. Rowling. A more unmagical book series about magic has yet to be written. I tried re-reading The Prisoner of Azkaban a few weeks ago, and couldn't get past the first chapter. Dull as dirt, with characters shallower than the denizens of a Mort Walker comic strip, and with similar senses of humor. Anyhoo, haven't read RASL beyond the first few pages - because, again, Smith can't draw people well. My eyes, my eyes, they burn!

  • March 12, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by Red43jes

    RASL isn't Bone. Not even remotely. The style he is drawing in is similar to Bone, but he does throw in some cool stuff. He draws Nikola Tesla a bit different, and RASL isn't done for kids. Its more of an adult book. As far as Bone getting Eisner awards, I think we could at least agree that you need to look at what other books were up against Bone at the time...granted, there may have been some good stuff, but when awards are getting handed out, sometimes we don't stop to think what the product was up against. Just sayin'...

  • March 12, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    feralangel, one more thing

    by Red43jes

    Was wondering, if you didn't like Bone (which is fine, its not for everyone), why not throw out some recommendations? I'd welcome a friendly discussion on good reads. Cheers.

  • March 12, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Jeff Smith is amongst the best.

    by John

    Bone is one of the most incredible books ever written, and even though I've only read book one of Rasl, it has the same potential. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't know what they're talking about.

  • March 12, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Gotta Agree With feralangel

    by MakNeil

    I work at a school, where Bone is popular among our kids. Being little more than an overgrown child myself, I gave one of the compilations a read. It was OK, but why they were so popular I just couldn't get my head around.

  • Its hard to compare it to Watchmen or Dark Knight because both of them are scathing Reagan era social commentaries, while Bone is a cartoony comedy-turned-fantasy-epic story. Its like trying to compare The Network to Fellowship of the Ring. Sure, they're both movies, so you can to some extent, but the content, feel, and purpose of the works are entirely different.

  • March 12, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Wanna RASL?

    by Reilly

    only movie i can remember with a parallel universe was Back to the Future part 2

  • March 12, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    "Parallel universes haven't been explored much in film..."

    by Negative Man

    MirrorMask, Silent Hill, The Butterfly Effect, The The One, Alice in Wonderland, The Thirteenth Floor, Dark City, Open your Eyes/Vanilla Sky, Mortal Kombat, Star Trek, Super Mario Bros., Last Action Hero, White Man's Burden, Cool World, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Julia and Julia (the one with Sting), The Purple Rose of Cairo, Sliding Doors, Inception (which can be argued), The Matrix (which can also be argued), Brazil, Pleasantville, Bedazzled, Tron, Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, Back to the Future II... No, they've been explored quite a bit on film in recent years. It's just that most of them suck ass. And RASL? It's Jeff Smith trying too hard. A better idea then execution. I expect a LOT of changes as it goes to script.

  • March 12, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Forget RASL

    by slone13

    Where's the Bone movie?? They've been talking about doing one for years now.

  • March 12, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    feralangel must not like fun

    by therealavatar

    bone is fun and deserves its praise. that J.K. Rowlings popularity escapes him just proves he's one of those people. the "I don't like it because its popular" people. he's an idiot.

  • March 12, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by Henry Fool

    The only way I'd want to see a Bone movie is if Pixar made it as a film trilogy. The story is too big for one, or even two movies. As for the medium, even if you did a live action movie, you'd still have to use CGI for characters like the Bone cousins, the rat creatures and Roque Ja (Rockjaw).<br /> <br /> It might be cool to have live action human actors as characters like Thorn, Granma Ben and Lucius playing against animated characters. Another idea would be to use human actors against digital backgrounds, a la Avatar with the monster's animated via CGI and use traditional cell animation for the Bone cousins. It might be groundbreaking experiment, although I think I'd prefer an animated movie.<br /> <br /> As for Rasl, I look forward to reading it but I thik I'll wait until its complete. Reading the complete "Bone" was practically a spiritual experience for me. It deserves to be mentioned alongside Watchmen, Maus and The Dark Knight Returns. I love it the way an English lit professor loves Shakespeare. I want to experience Rasl as a complete story not a serial.

  • March 12, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Bone is worthy of being made into a trilogy

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    I'll admit, I wouldn't put it into the same level as Watchmen (apples and oranges) but there is enough there for it to merit a faithful movie adaptation.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by TSTEWIE

    This is pretty exciting news. I'd never heard of RASL until about a month ago when I went into Half Price Books. It looked awesome and I wanted to buy it but I resisted. I figured I'd get it the next time I was in (if it was still there) cause I didn't have a lot of cash at the time and everytime I go into Half Price Books I could/want to spend a couple hundred dollars (on comics alone). I'm actully a little pissed that RASL is getting this type of attention before I've read it (now I gotta feel like a bandwagoner) but I still think it's great something by Jeff Smith is going to be a movie. C-Bus represent!! That's Columbus, OH fyi. As for BONE, I read it just a year ago. I was ware of it's existence/popularity back when it was coming out monthly (?) but since it didn't have Batman in it I never picked it up (I was young). But I'm older and wiser now, and have a greater appreciation for comics as art, and I must say BONE is fantastic! Smith builds tension and conveys emotion brilliantly, unlike anything seen in most comics. I'm not going to take the time to flip through BONE right now and provide better evidence, but there is one scene that sticks with me the most and I always remember where Phoney Bone is running through the woods during a thunderstorm, and it actually feels like a thunderstorm is happening. I can't really explain now, but it's amazing.

  • March 12, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Could never get into Bone although I tried

    by Rupee88

    I just don't get it

  • March 12, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    if theres a bone moive

    by ORIONgods

    plz be hand drawn

  • March 13, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Bone is up there with the best

    by HelmetBoy

    Easily as enjoyable as any comic I've ever read. If PIXAR bought the rights to it I'd be in heaven. I'm going to check this RASL out.

  • March 13, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    therealavatar: man the hell up

    by FeralAngel

    And maybe, if you do, someday you'll realize that popular taste may in fact be a mutually exclusive term. Me, I've developed a spine and some taste to go with it. So any given property's popularity doesn't affect my choice of entertainment one way or another. You, on the other hand, seem to take comfort in the fact that your choice of "fun" is shared by others. You're a sheep. So go, munch on mediocrity. Have fun with the rest of the cattle.

  • March 13, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Not that Bone is mediocre, just overrated in my view

    by FeralAngel

    Rowling's crap is, though.

  • March 13, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by FeralAngel

    Thanks for asking, dude. Here are some recs: Elfquest - a great graphic novel series with some of the best art and writing I've ever seen. The story is involving enough to leave you breathless at times, the characters are memorable and the villains original and chilling. And the elves aren't the type that build toys or bake cookies in trees. They ride wolves and eat meat raw and are at war with humanity. I think the series has been optioned for a movie. Great stuff. For kids of all ages, the first three books in the Lions, Tigers and Bears saga are worth a look. Great art and solid writing. Sort of a cross between the Winnie the Pooh books and Narnia. Unique eye candy. Chew is another graphic novel that's very unique, in a very dark way. It's about a guy who can deduce clues of crime victims. Yeah, a little gross, but spectacular nonetheless. Has a great macabre sense of humor. The Cerebus the Aardvark series by Dave Sim is terrific. Yeah, maybe Sim went nuts in his later years, but the series is still hilarious, ironic, wry, adult and insightful. Check it out sometime.

  • March 13, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    feralangel needs a tissue

    by therealavatar

    boo hoo. bone is overrated in your view. in my view your taste sucks. it has nothing to do with manning up. your just a troll. a little pussy troll who lives in his mommy's basement.

  • March 14, 2011, 1:33 a.m. CST

    therealavatar and ferangel

    by Red43jes

    With all due respect to both parties, no need to criticize each others tastes. We are individuals, ya know? Hey, I liked Bone, I'm not gonna lose sleep that ferangel doesn't like it, much less goof on him about it. He does read decent books-I have read Chew, and I like it a lot! I have no interest in sitting down and reading the Harry Potter books...nothing against anyone, but I never got all the hype about adults reading kids books, BUT hey, to each his own. therealavater, we know you read Bone and like the Potter stuff, but have you ever checked out Elfquest...? Chew (give it a read)? Maybe you can recommend something? Anyways, guys, I'm off to bed.

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  • March 14, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Kinda sounds like Jumper, which was crap

    by David Ortiz

  • March 14, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Jeff Smith

    by EvilPants

    is a genius. Bone is one of the greatest graphic novels of the 3 decades, and is easily the equal of Watchmen or Dark Knight. It's probably the most thoroughly plotted long format graphic novel I've ever read. Just my opinion of course. RASL is also amazing, and I think would get more attention if it came out more regularly. But we take what we can get, and I would highly recommend it to anybody that's looking for intelligent science fiction in their comic books.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Whats up with the ads on AICN?

    by Red43jes

    Just sayin'...jeez.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Hey Deandome

    by Mr. Phelps

    Your comment about Jeff Smith has made me post in a talkback for the first time in 10 years! I clicked on this article hoping someone would have made some kind of Frugal Gourmet reference, and what you wrote did not disappoint! I'm thrilled to the "bone". Yeah I'm a copycat, but you know I have to keep this on topic. Please consider that a homage to your creative genius. I want to offer my deepest thanks kind sir!!