5 Comic And Graphic Novel Adaptations We Can't Wait To See

By Nick Venable 2014-01-23 15:00:22discussion comments
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We’re now fully ensconced in the age of comic and graphic novel adaptations, and I couldn’t be happier, though I’ll be the first to admit neither Hollywood nor indie studios have quite figured out the perfect formula to getting it right the majority of the time. One only has to look back to last year’s Kick-Ass 2 and R.I.P.D. as proof. But the comic medium grows larger every day, offering up mounds of new material for producers to bring to wider swaths of audiences.

The film rights to one of my favorite comic series of all time, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man, will soon revert back to its creators, so it's a good time to revisit a handful of other graphic novels and comic series that we'd love to see finally make it to the big screen. These are only the tip of the iceberg, mind you, as this list could easily go on for ages, but these are titles that have actually gotten an illustrated foot in the door and are waiting on the next big step. Let’s get a conversation going in the comments about other works you guys would like to see turned into films (and even those you would hate to see.)

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Locke & Key
Honestly, this list just as easily could have been Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s genre-bender Locke & Key five times in a row. This spooky and darkly comedic series came to a most glorious end last month, after spending the last few years telling the era-spanning story of the Lockes after the murder of the family patriarch Rendell. Siblings Bode, Tyler and Kinsey find themselves living at the Keyhouse, a magical abode that serves as the lynchpin to a supernatural mystery involving murderous ghosts, ancient caves and a bevy of multi-powered keys that give their users all kinds of strange abilities. There’s no way to give a proper synopsis in just a paragraph, and there’s really no way to fit this extensive story into a single movie, but dammit if I’m not frothing at the mouth for it anyway.

Most people would agree that Locke & Key is ripe for the storytelling that episodic television allows, but that idea came to a screeching halt when the DreamWorks TV pilot was passed over by FX. In stepped Universal Pictures, along with genre-meisters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who were most recently behind Enders Game and Star Trek Into Darkness. At last notice, a mystery screenwriter was hired to pen a script, but the real trick will be nailing a director who can pull of the dazzling and varying visuals that Rodriguez packed into every issue. I wish there was a key that could speed this process up.
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