Black Hole (2010)
Thanks for taking the time to talk to Daily Dead, Peter. As Scrawl is just starting to make its way around the festival circuit, could you give our readers an idea of what it’s about?
Peter Hearn: Gosh, where do I start? If I were to pitch it I would describe it as Big meets A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors by way of Phantasm and The Evil Dead. The story revolves around a boy who writes a comic book with his best friend, before finding situations depicted
The story, created by Eisner-winning writer Scott Snyder and illustrated by Jock, follows Charles Rooks, a father who moves his family to a nearby town, to help his teenager daughter Sailor recover from a traumatic bullying incident in the woods. Sailor is still traumatized by the event, and as she begins to see familiar, shadowed figures, Charles realizes that a terrifying mythical presence is haunting her from the woods that surround neighboring towns.
Scott Snyder and Jock will serve as executive producers on the adaptation, alongside Plan B's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. The production company has yet to attach a screenwriter or director to adapt the comic book at this time.
Wytches is just the latest
Unveiled this week at Comic-Con, Wytches follows Charles Rooks, a loving father who moves his family to a neighboring town in an attempt to help their teenage daughter Sailor recover from a disturbing run-in with a bully. She remains haunted by the traumatic incident, unsure of what actually occurred in the woods and unable to escape a darkness growing around her. When Sailor begins to see familiar shadowed figures, Charles must help his daughter survive a terrifyingly real and mythic presence rooted within the woods and the surrounding local towns.
Wytches becomes another in a
The acclaimed comic is used as a plot point in the hit sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Kodi Smit-McPhee's teenage character uses his Black Hole collection as a way of bonding with the orangutan Maurice (a motion-captured Karin Konoval).
Burns said that he had given permission for the use of his book so long ago that he had forgotten about it, and did not know it would be so heavily featured.
"It was one of those things that I agreed to, and I just spaced it out," he told Philly.com.
"Occasionally, I'll get a request from a film to use a book as a prop, sitting in a room, on a table or something."
Black Hole centres around a group of adolescents in 1970s America
Cast: Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbel, Jason Clark, Kerri Russell, Gary Oldman.
Running Time: 130 minutes.
Synopsis: After the simian flu causes the collapse of human civilisation, the apes’ society thrives. But when Caesar and the apes encounter humans for the first time in years, are they be able to co-exist or will the war for species superiority finally begin?
That 2011′s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was such a brilliant reboot came as a welcome surprise. Not because the potential of the franchise was ever in doubt, but because of the foul taste left in the mouth from Tim Burton’s abysmal 2001 ‘re-imagining’ (which was pure monkey business – a bit like Burton flinging his own shit around the place and masturbating at groups of tearful schoolchildren for the amusement of no one but himself).
The question now is whether the next instalment can sustain
If you look past the shameless cash grab of rebooting movies based on name recognition alone, Rise of the Planet of the Apes reinvigorated and rewrote a very familiar story in a sort of ingenious way, giving us the imagery we wanted but also sufficiently creating a new narrative. It’s something that’s fascinated me with these new Planet of the Apes movies so far. We basically already know the outcome (a hint if
Much like the end credits of Rise suggested, the opening credits of Dawn show the spread and lasting effect of the Simian flu/Alz-113 virus on the world, wiping out a large portion of the human population, creating pockets of survival, leaving many without the false comforts of technology and electricity. Supplies are becoming scarce and many of the post-apocalyptic staples are present, but conceptually, most fit very well into this specific instance. To many survivors, apes are wrongly viewed
The new clip showcases Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Alexander, who approaches Maurice the orangutan (Karin Konoval) with a trade paperback copy of Charles Burns’ Black Hole comic book series, which he then uses to see if his newfound friend can read.
“A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived,
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that Pitt's company, Plan B Entertainment, will be producing a feature film adaptation of Charles Burns' graphic novel Black Hole, which David Fincher will direct. Fincher's been linked to the project since 2008, and it seems the wait is finally almost over.
For now Pitt is only attached to produce, and there's no word on whether he'll be appearing in the film.
Check out the synopsis of the graphic novel below to get an idea of what you can expect!
Graphic Novel Synopsis
The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s.
The setting is Seattle during the '70s. A sexual disease, the 'bug,' is spreading among teenagers. Those who get it develop bizarre mutations - sometimes subtle. Story follows two teens, Keith & Chris as they get the bug. Their dreams and hallucinations - made of deeply disturbing symbolism merging sexuality and sickness - are a key part of the tale! This is what Fincher had to say about the project a couple years ago when he was developing it.
It’s a really great script by Dante Harper, so the hope is that will win out…
Based on Charles Burns’ twelve-issue comic book limited series, the story focuses on the aftermath of a sexuality transmitted diseases which causes horrible mutations in teens. Here’s a synopsis:
The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague,
Director David Fincher remains on board the project, which is being developed by Brad Pitt's Plan B production company, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 12-issue comic book series published between 1995 and 2005 centres around a sexually transmitted disease that plagues the teenagers of a 1970s Seattle suburb.
The infected, who develop random mutations, are drawn into a web of paranoia and murder.
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Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders previously released a short based on the series.
A schedule for the Black Hole film is yet to be announced.
Black Hole is now back up and running with David Fincher returning to the helm and Brad Pitt producing through his Plan B company.
It isn't known if Plan B has a new screenwriter attached to adapt the property as of yet. Here's the official description of the graphic novel.
"The setting is Seattle during the '70's. A sexual disease, the 'bug,' is spreading among teenagers. Those who get it develop bizarre mutations - sometimes subtle. Story follows two teens, Keith & Chris as they get the bug. Their dreams and hallucinations - made of deeply disturbing symbolism merging sexuality and sickness - are a key part of the tale!"
The adaptation was originally set up at MTV Films,
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