Comic scribe Warren Ellis appears to be a practical bloke in real life. Or at least, he doesn’t come across as a man raging against the machine as he sometimes does in his comics. In responding to questions from fans about the upcoming “Red”, the movie based on his limited-series comic of the same name set to star Bruce Willis, Ellis goes out of his way to defend the movie as an entirely different beast, and that his readers should accept it as such. And really, if you’ve read “Red”, then you know he’s right. There were exactly three issues in the whole series, and they’re pretty straight-forward: retired CIA killer gets threatened, he picks up his guns again, kills lots of people. The End. As Ellis himself says, that’s about 40 minutes worth of movie, if you’re lucky.
Ellis on his blog:
The tone: no, the film isn’t as grim as the book. The book is pretty grim. But it’s also pretty small. When I sell the rights to a book, they buy the right to adapt it in whatever way they see fit. I can accept that they wanted a lighter film, and, as I’ve said before, the script is very enjoyable and tight as a drum. They haven’t adapted it badly, by any means. People who’ve enjoyed the graphic novel will have to accept that it’s an adaptation and that by definition means that it’s going to be a different beast from the book. The film has the same DNA. It retains bits that are very clearly from the book, as well as, of course, the overall plotline. But it is, yes, lighter, and funnier. And if anyone has a real problem with that, I say to you once again:
Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.
I mean, if you don’t want to see a film with Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle, I’m not sure I want to know you.
Didn’t Helen Mirren already swing a sniper rifle in “Shadowboxer”, where she played an assassin? I would assume being an assassin means she gets to swing a rifle or two, or at least some type of automatic weapons.
In any case, Summit has “Red” scheduled for next year.