FAQ 20nov12: TRANSMETROPOLITAN In Other Media

November 20th, 2012 | FAQ

baffledjailbirdisin asked: Hi Warren, I was wondering if you know of or are talking about some alternative adaptation projects for Transmetropolitan? I understand that seeing it on the big screen is at present too big a budget to even consider, but do you have any thoughts on how you might like to see it adapted otherwise? If so, how good are the chances of this happening?

We don’t take TRANSMET out, but very occasionally persons in the film and tv industries request conversations with us about it.  And I mean very occasionally, because it’s an obscure work.  We haven’t, since the days of Patrick Stewart optioning it, met with anyone we’d consider the best fit for the material.  TRANSMET is not a thing we sell options on for the hell of it.  There are other works of mine that I’m happy to see other people adapt, just to see what happens.  TRANSMET is not one of them.  It’ll go to the people who will keep it intact, or it won’t go out at all, and either result is entirely acceptable to Darick and I.  I don’t feel that any book has to be “legitimised” by film or tv for it to have been a successful work.  And, at this point, the book is between ten and fifteen years old, depending on how you measure it, and enquiries as to the rights are growing ever fewer.  So, you know, don’t hold your breath or anything.


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