As with 3D movies, at this point it’s not a question of which movies will be showing up in 3D, but rather, which movies won’t that is the real news. Likewise with comic books being optioned for movies. It’s not a question of which ones are being optioned, but rather, which ones aren’t. Hollywood is snatching up comic books left and right, and most of them will never, ever make it to the big screen. But since you can option a property for as little as a cent (as long as the two sides agree), just merely “optioning” a comic book for moviedom and making a big ol announcement is almost meaningless in today’s wild and wacky Hollywood.
In any case, you can now add IDW Publishing’s “Lore”, from Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise, to the very long list of independent comic books that have been optioned by producers in Hollywood with an eye toward turning it into a movie franchise, but chances of it actually happening is pretty “down there”, right next to, “probably never gonna happen” and “a snowball’s chance in hell”. Which is too bad, because like most comic books that have been optioned, “Lore’s” got a pretty groovy premise.
The story of “Lore” has a young man who reluctantly becomes a member of an elite secret order charged with protecting humanity from the beasts of folklore that are invading our world. Okay, so maybe that’s not a very novel premise, but hey, that basic framework has worked for “Hellboy”, “Constantine”, “Men in Black”, and a few hundred other successful comic-to-movies in the past.
Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance and Circle of Confusion are producing, with an eye toward turning the property into a possible (of course) franchise. The producers have already assigned scripting duties to “Priest” writer Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott.