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Hollywood is currently going nuts “re-imagining” anything and everything with a pulse, so it probably come as no surprise that when they got a hold of a comic book like “Legends”, they immediately jumped on it. The suits doing the jumping this time are Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the duo behind Imagine Entertainment, who have acquired Radical Publishing’s “Legends”, a comic book that re-imagines famous fairytale characters as decidedly more badass versions of their well-known personas.
From Radical Publishing:
You think you know them… Think again!
Violently ripped from the pages of folklore emerge the Enchanted, supernatural immortals living in a dark, steampunk, creature-infested world where nature, technology and foul magic are in constant conflict. When the twisted, burnt remains of the half-wooden, half-mechanical warrior, Pinocchio are discovered, wolf-hunter Red Hood and giant-killer Jack realize the fragile rules of their existence have been shattered. With the help of the other Enchanted (the mercenary Goldilocks and psychic exterminators Hansel and Gretel), Jack and Red team up on an adventure to stop whatever, or whoever, is destroying their powers and murdering their kind.
The comic is from writer/artist/creator Nick Percival, and is due out later this month with a special $1 issue to get people started. You can order the issue from Radical’s site via the link above.
This isn’t the first comic from Radical Publishing that has made the rounds in Hollywood. The publisher seems intent on turning their properties into movies, but so far, none have made it, though they’ve been setting up some high-profile ones all over town. For a while, John Woo was involved with their Western-as-Camelot series “Caliber”, and their “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” had been getting some traction before, well, not. They also have “The Last Days of American Crime” making the development hell circuit, though honestly, who knows if it’ll ever make it out.
“Legends” certainly sounds like it has the makings of a great movie, and with the Imagine Entertainment boys behind it, it’s got a pretty decent chance of actually being made. Then again, so did “Caliber”, and that one sorta dropped off the face of the Earth, didn’t it?