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5 Upcoming Comic Book Movies That Have Nothing To Do With Marvel Or DC

Spare a thought for comic book fans, because they’re liable to be totally broke for the foreseeable future.DC and Marvel – along with Fox and Sony, who own the rights to a few of the latter’s key franchises – have a good couple of dozen films planned between them, scheduled for release all the way up to the end of the decade. That’s a lot of movies. And there’s no guarantee that people won’t have gotten a little sick of superheroes by then.So whilst Marvel and DC’s parent companies mostly keep the rights to their films, there’s dozens of other publishers out there, with hundreds of books – and Hollywood has started snapping them up for film versions, whether they’re sci-fi epics of supernatural talking animal stories. Here are 5 exciting upcoming comic books movies that have nothing to do with the Big Two.

Bloodshot

One of the most surprising comeback stories in the recent history of comics is the return of Valiant. A mostly-forgotten relic of the late eighties/early nineties boom for non-Marvel or DC comics, they went bust along with their parent company, the video game publishers Acclaim, some time in the early noughties. Their characters were fondly remembered by few.

Then, in 2012, Valiant Entertainment suddenly started publishing books again. And they were pretty good, too: Quantum And Woody was revealed to have been a ridiculously fun, tongue-in-cheek superhero book; Harbringer a worthy X-Men successor; and Bloodshot turned out to be a nineties badass gun-toting anti-hero wreck worth saving.

The upturn in fortunes has lead to Sony buying the rights to both Harbringer and Bloodshot, with the latter’s feature debut to be directed by John Wick’s David Leitch and executive produced by Matthew Vaughan. No news on casting or a release date yet, but crazy action scenes involving an amnesiac soldier who can heal instantly thanks to nanomachines in his blood sounds like a must-watch.

Descender

Cinema loves sad robots. Cinema loves sad people in space. So Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s recent Image series about a sad robot boy in space was bound to get the execs’ chequebooks in a tizzy. Sony bought the movie rights for Descender before the first issue had even hit the stands, so impressed they were by the central premise. If they can bring some of Nguyen’s gorgeous visuals to life, too, then they’re onto a winner.

So far the comic has been a slow burn, opening with the aforementioned artificial boy – TIM-21 – awakening on a space station that’s been torn apart, leaving him the only living cosmic constituent left standing. Well, as “alive” as a robot can ever be. Descender promises to expand in scope exponentially as it goes on, becoming a full-blown space opera epic.

Apparently TIM-21 will go on to play a key role in discovering the origins of a race of planet-decimating robots, but in the meantime, there’s plenty of opportunities for the kid (who looks a bit like the robots from Steven Spielberg’s AI, if they had better special effects) to mope around and question his place in the universe. A cross between hard sci-fi and fun Star Wars genre fare, if done right.

Black Hole

Part of the problem with adapting comics to live action is losing the unique visual style of the original artist. Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City adaptations got around that issue by bringing on comic creator Frank Miller as co-director, and directly basing the film off of the black-and-white, stylised look of the books with green screen; but at times that makes things look oddly staged.

That may very well be the hold up in adapting Charles Burns’ classic graphic novel Black Hole to the screen. The story of teens in the seventies dealing with grotesque mutations that are spread like a sexually transmitted disease (as in, by banging) is vividly told with Burns’ unique – and uniquely horrifying – art style.

No less than Alexandre Aja, Neil Gaiman, Rogery Avary and David Fincher have all been attached to the project in the past, and yet such plans have come to naught. Apparently Fincher’s name is still attached to direct for Paramount Pictures, and his similarly singular aesthetic would certainly work; failing that, Snow White And The Hunstman director Rupert Sanders put together a short film as a pitch.

Locke & Key

At this point, there are more Stephen King stories that have been adapted into movies than haven’t. And for a man who’s published literally dozens of short stories and novels, that’s mighty impressive. His prodigal son, the author Joe Hill, has a somewhat less impressive batting average; save for Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of his satanic revenge book Horns with Daniel Radcliffe.

Which isn’t to suggest Hill’s work isn’t as worthy of adaptation. Far from it. Easily the crowning achievement in his back catalogue so far is the comic book series Locke & Key, about a family who discover a house full of locked doors which lead to different worlds after the father is murdered.

Drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key was a smash in comic book form, both critically and commercially. There was already an TV pilot shot, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Mark Romanek, but Fox passed on it. At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, however, it was announced Star Trek screenwriters Alex Kurtzman Roberto Orci are making it into a movie trilogy.

The Goon

Eric Powell’s series is the best comic you’re not reading right now. A gonzo combination of thirties mob dramas, Universal monsters and EC horror comics, The Goon tells the ongoing tales of the titular character – a scarred former mafia enforcer who leaves Chicago for a much more simple life, thumping giant Mexican lizards and tearing apart well-dressed zombies with his diminutive sidekick Franky.

The art style of The Goon wouldn’t just be difficult to translate into live action – it would be downright impossible. Powell’s drawings see Franky as a three-foot-tall balding guy with totally white eyes, like a Peanuts character; The Goon, meanwhile, is a hulking menace who would make Dwayne Johnson consider skipping his cheat days.

So it seems The Goon is destined for an animated adaptation, and he’s at least part of the way down that road. Blur Studio – who produced that Deadpool test footage – are working on a Goon CGI movie in Powell’s style, following a successful Kickstarter, with David Fincher producing, Clancy Brown as The Goon and Paul Giamatti voicing Franky.

Ronda Rousey Assures Success Of Upcoming Book !!

My Fight / Your Fight

 

“’Success is the best revenge’ one of many lessons I learned from fighting that helped me fight through life’s battles off the mat and outside the octagon.,” Rousey wrote in her home page.

In this revealing memoir, undefeated UFC champion and Hollywood star Ronda Rousey charts her difficult path to glory, revealing her tragic childhood and her father’s suicide, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth.

It was over in a blur. It took 16 seconds. Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist and reigning UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, retained her mixed martial arts title in a brief flurry of fists, knees, and chokeholds. Rousey now is the most sought after and recognizable female athlete in the world: the former judo Olympic champion turned star ultimate fighter, seen stripped down on the cover of ESPN magazine, profiled by the highbrows at the New Yorker, and fast becoming a ubiquitous presence in Hollywood. When she isn’t beating her opponents into submission she is starring in big-budget movies like Entourage, The Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7, and three upcoming major action films from Warner Bros.

In this inspiring and entertaining memoir, Rousey charts her difficult path to glory, exposing her tragic childhood, settling numerous scores, and sharing the habits that create champions, including her extreme diet regimen during fight week, her grueling and unexpected workouts, and the shocking mind games she plays before knocking out every opponent she’s ever faced.

Hillary Clinton allies are going to war against a ‘blockbuster exposé’ ..

Supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign just launched a counteroffensive against a conservative author who has an upcoming “blockbuster exposé” about her.

Media Matters, a watchdog organization founded by staunch Clinton ally David Brock, published a long list on Monday containing what was described as reasons reporters should not trust Peter Schweizer or his new book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.” “Schweizer is a partisan right-wing activist whose writings have been marked with falsehoods and retractions,” Brock said in a statement. “Buyers should beware and consider the source.”

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich

About the Book:

In 2000, Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt. Since then, they’ve earned over $130 million. Where did the money come from? Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs. Now, Peter Schweizer shows who is really behind those enormous payments.

In his New York Times bestselling books Extortion and Throw Them All Out, Schweizer detailed patterns of official corruption in Washington that led to congressional resignations and new ethics laws. In Clinton Cash, he follows the Clinton money trail, revealing the connection between their personal fortune, their “close personal friends,” the Clinton Foundation, foreign nations, and some of the highest ranks of government.

Schweizer reveals the Clinton’s troubling dealings in Kazakhstan, Colombia, Haiti, and other places at the “wild west” fringe of the global economy. In this blockbuster exposé, Schweizer merely presents the troubling facts he’s uncovered. Meticulously researched and scrupulously sourced, filled with headline-making revelations, Clinton Cash raises serious questions of judgment, of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests, and ultimately, of fitness for high public office.

 

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