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BLACK SUMMER Optioned For Film

I swear, these stories always break when I’m least ready for them. From Variety this morning:

Newly minted banner Vigilante Entertainment is launching operations by developing Warren Ellis’ comicbook series "Black Summer" with Ryne Pearson ("Knowing") tapped to adapt.

"Summer," published by Avatar Press in 2007, centers on superhero team the Seven Guns, a group of scientist-adventurers who modified their own bodies for street-fighting in order to take back their West Coast city from a corrupt police force, criminal local government and rapacious private security forces.


BLACK SUMMER remains available as a single graphic novel collection from better comics stores and, of course, Amazon.

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  1. Be interesting to see how this translates to the big screen.

    How much involvement have you got with the script and any idea how close or wide of the mark it is likely to be?

    No doubt it’s a while away from casting but who would you like to see star in it?

  2. Drax Drax

    Hell’s Bells, congrats! One can imagine infinitely worse news to wake up to, yeah? Good show.

  3. I believe this work is one that could read well in the big screen. Fast paced, violent and a neat and not too complex a storyline mmmh…

  4. Siananna Siananna

    OMG! How will they deal with all the blood and guts?

  5. Smerk Smerk

    From what i’ve seen, once you give up a child or other bodily effluent to hollywood, all one can do is watch and weep. and if you’re lucky, go for a swim in your money bin to assuage the torment.

  6. Christian Christian

    Mr. Ellis, I am sending you a bowel disruptor in the mail. Use it on whomever you need to to keep the writing from suck, and the director from braindeath.

    For God’s sake, don’t let them League of Extraordinary Gentlemen this thing.

  7. Interesting that they seem to veer away from the whole “killing the president because he’s a criminal” aspect in the release, which makes me wonder if it makes the movie. Given how much the political landscape has changed since Warren wrote it, if they did put it in, I think it might find a whole new audience then the one he intended at the time.

  8. Thom Thom

    Not nearly as excited for this as I am for Gravel. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’ll mess this up.

  9. Peter Peter

    “Knowing” wasn’t exactly a film classic, and I suspect Obama haters would batten onto the film the same way Clinton haters latched onto the “Independence Day” image of a flying saucer blowing up the White House. So I congratulate Mr. Ellis, but I’m not expecting much from this production.

  10. […] me to Warren Ellis’ blog. Turns out that more of his work, this time Black Summer, has been optioned for film. Some of you may know that another of his comics, Gravel, was optioned recently, with Ellis writing […]

  11. joseph leroux joseph leroux

    CASH? i can’t believe that Big Sweaty English Man still got a soul to sell.

  12. 908peruvian 908peruvian

    Knowing was good (not as good as Proyas’ Dark City of course) except for Nic Cage’s wooden acting. (whatever happened to the Nic Cage from Adaptation?)

    In a dream world David Cronenberg would direct this and Mickey Rourke, Viggo Mortensen and Evan Rachel Wood would be cast.

  13. […] Warren’s Black Summer has been optioned for a feature film, so the man himself has told us. Should be interesting in that the comic book’s plot was about a hero deciding that the President […]

  14. Dean Dean


  15. Jean-Luc S. Jean-Luc S.

    I think this could be potentionaly a great film. While reading “Summer” I could see it playing out in my mind like a film perfectly. Every panel of art moved beautifuly to the next like a storyboard. I want to be a filmmaker myself one day and I kind of hoped I would be able to direct this gem of a book one day. Anyways, there is no real need to change the dialogue or story, I believe its fine as is. So I hope they don’t change it too much. And hell, if they do F*%K it up, maybe I’ll still have my chance someday haha!

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