Friday, April 14, 2006

 

Graphic Novels Take Hollywood by Storm

I was nosing around a Barnes & Noble the other day and...Bam! It hit me. Graphic novels (what some people call "serious" comics) have taken Hollywood by storm. Now, of course, I realize that graphic novels have been popular source materials for filmmakers of late, and I've even written about some of them here. But standing there, staring down at the specialty table set up to display these novels, it suddenly sank in -- the graphic novel is now the source of choice for Hollywood: Road to Perdition; Batman:Year One (which inspired Batman Begins); V For Vendetta; From Hell; Hellboy; A History of Violence; Constantine; Ghost World and (of course) Sin City. The graphic novel may have come of age in the 90s, but really hit its stride in the 21st Century, and an onslaught of films soon followed. When you think about it, the graphic novel is everything a filmmaker could want -- script, storyboard, costume design, and set design, all in one! Plus, as more and more respected directors -- like Robert Rodriguez, David Cronenberg, Christopher Nolan and Sam Mendes -- and A-list actors -- like Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, William Hurt, and Johnny Depp -- take on graphic novel projects, the respectability of such films are sure to grow.

Comments:
Nice post, putting focus on graphic novels. Sin City was great. Looking forward to the sequels.

This is actually one Hollywood trend that is working out- they are good movies..
 
Now in a reversal of this trend, I would LOVE to see the M. Night Shyamalan movie Unbreakable turned into an ongoing graphic novel. In fact, I am kind of surprised that there hasn't been some kind of follow up to that story. A movie sequel or tv series or a graphic novel that follows the reluctant hero on his journey.
 
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