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6 undeveloped movie scripts that were turned into comic books

Posted in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Batman, Bionic Man, comic books, Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th, Jason Vorhees, movies, Six Million Dollar Man, TV shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2013 by Paxton

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This week the topic for The League is “comic books”. Yep, just “comic books”. I recently did an article about comic book covers that homage famous movie posters, so that idea was already burned. Fortunately, my draft articles are deep with ideas so I pulled this one out of the depths and fleshed it out a bit.

I love movies.  I love comic books.  I love comic book movies.  We have tons of movies coming out BASED on comics books.  But how about comic books based on movies?  There are plenty of those as well.  But what about comic books that are based on movies that never were made for whatever reason.  Ahhh, that could be interesting.

Today, I’m going to talk about six undeveloped movie scripts that were turned into comic books.

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Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet – These first two entries are probably the most high profile examples of unused movie scripts becoming a comic book.  In 2004, Smith wrote a screenplay for a new film version of The Green Hornet.  Much like the next script in this list, it was a reboot of the characters and the concept.  Smith even announced that he intended to direct the feature as well.  The project, however, died after the poor box office of Smith’s Jersey Girl.  Dynamite Comics purchased the unused script and had Kevin Smith adapt it into a new Green Hornet comic series.

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Kevin Smith’s Bionic Man (2011) – I talked about this series in my Bionic Reviews feature a month or so ago.  Kevin Smith wrote a screenplay for a new Bionic Man movie back in the 90s. It was a reboot of the characters and concept of the Six Million Dollar Man TV series.  It ultimately went unused.  However, after the success of Smith’s Green Hornet title they asked if he had any other unused scripts to adapt.  Smith pulled out the Bionic Man script and Dynamite loved the idea.  They tapped Phil Hester to adapt the screenplay into a 10 issue story arc to launch a new Bionic Man comic series that is still being published to this day.  It has also spawned a Bionic Woman comic series.

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Frank Miller’s Robocop (2003) – During initial production of Robocop 2, there was a first draft script by one of the original Robocop screenwriters, Edward Neumeier. However, due to a writers strike he dropped out. One of the producers contacted Frank Miller to write the script as Miller was still riding the success of his Dark Knight Returns graphic novel. Miller wrote a draft that producers and studio executives labeled “unfilmable” and the studio had the script rewritten into what eventually became Robocop 2, the movie.  In the early 2000s Avatar Press acquired the Robocop comic license and the publisher William Christensen, who owned a copy of Miller’s “lost” original screenplay, contacted Miller about adapting it into a comic story.  Miller was enthusiastic and worked with Steven Grant to adapt his unused screenplay (which included notes for Robocop 3) into a story.  Due to scheduling conflicts, Miller was only able to contribute some of the covers and not actually write or draw the interiors.  The nine issue adaptation was published in late 2003.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Movie Maniac Halloween costumes

Posted in A Nightmare on Elm Street, costumes, Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th, Halloween, holiday, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface, movies, Texas Chainsaw Massacre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by Paxton

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One of the best things about being a fan of the movie maniacs is being able to dress up as them for Halloween. Let’s take a look at some of the costumes that exist for some of our favorite movie maniacs.

Back in 1987, Collegeville released a Freddy Krueger “smock” costume similar to the old Ben Cooper designs.

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It’s probably 100% nostalgic, but I love these costumes.

Next up is a Party City flyer from 2008.

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Throughout this very large flyer with tons of costumes, there are a plethora of zombies and super heroes, but only two movie maniacs. And I’m only talking about one of those maniacs this year. Check out in the upper right, costumes for Jason Voorhees and Chucky.

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You don’t even see those costumes on the inside of the flyer, only on the cover. I’m surprised these two are featured.  Remember, this flyer was in 2008.  The Friday the 13th reboot wouldn’t happen until the following year and Chucky’s previous movie was in 2004.  By contrast, Leatherface had his reboot prequel only two years prior, so of anyone, he should be on the cover. Just strange.

Next up is a current Party City flyer from 2012.  Not surprisingly, the Avengers are all over this thing.

Party City 2012 flyer

This flyer is a little better in that it has four movie maniacs. Three of which I’m covering this year. Here’s the full page of scary costumes.

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The movie maniacs are mostly on the second row (Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers). You can also see Ghostface from Scream in the first row.  Again, I’m surprised there isn’t a Leatherface costume.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Freddy vs Jason vs Ash comic books (2003)

Posted in Friday the 13th, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface, movies, pop culture, Texas Chainsaw Massacre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by Paxton

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In 2007, Dynamite Comics and Wildstorm Entertainment combined forces to publish the horror comic crossover Freddy vs Jason vs Ash. Freddy vs Jason vs Ash 2003

The epic crossover was a 6 issue limited series written by James Kuhoric and Jeff Katz and drawn by Jason Craig. The awesome puzzle cover above for issue #1 was actually drawn by J Scott Campbell and Eric Powell.  You can click it to see it bigger on Flickr.

This series was based on a script treatment written by Jeff Katz.  The story served as a sequel to Freddy vs Jason as well as the Evil Dead series.  However, I think the licensing for Ash fell through and the studios decided to go another way.  So the story never went any further.  However, Katz kept his treatment alive and actively campaigned to get it made into a comic book.

Will and Lori, from Freddy vs Jason, return to Crystal Lake to get closure and finish off Jason once and for all.  However, Jason kills them.  We learn that Freddy is trapped inside Jason’s mind and is using the image of Jason’s mother to convince him to find the Necronomicon and deliver it to Freddy.  Freddy plans to use it to escape into the real world. Meanwhile, Ash is transferred to the Forest Green (formerly Crystal Lake) S-Mart and identifies the recent spate of disappearances and murders as the work of Deadites.  Ash gathers the teenage crew of the S-Mart to confront Jason and a newly formed and fully powered Freddy.  A bloodletting ensues.  There’s even a scene in which Freddy resurrects all of Jason’s previous victims in order to stop him when he turns on Freddy.  Pretty cool stuff.

I could see this being a worthy entry into the franchises.  Again, this seems to be Freddy’s story in which Jason and Ash make appearances.  I like how it was handled and it would have been fun to see this on the big screen.  And the artwork was really good as well.

In 2009, Jeff Katz and James Kuhoric returned to write a sequel called Freddy vs Jason vs Ash: Nightmare Warriors.

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The government resurrects Jason and Freddy looking to harness their supernatural abilities and the power of the Necronomicon to create an army of demonic soldiers. However, as you’d expect, the government can’t control them and they get loose. Ash forms a team to fight the monsters, known informally as the Nightmare Warriors. It includes former franchise characters Tommy Jarvis who appeared in Friday the 13th Parts 4-6 and Tina Shepard who appeared in part 7 and has telekinetic powers. Again, the story is fun and a definite horror fanboy’s dream.  Lots of killing and HUGE epic fights.  There’s also some subplots talking about how the original Freddy used the Necronomicon to become the dream being he is now.  Very cool stuff.  I highly recommend it.


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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: A review of Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Posted in Halloween, holiday, movies, pop culture, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2012 by Paxton

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Platinum Dunes had a minor success with their Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot in 2003.  2009’s Friday the 13th reboot also actually made some money.  So, in 2010, New Line and Platinum Dunes decided to reboot the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

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I am a fan of Freddy Krueger as well as the slasher movies of the 80s. However, if I had to pick, I was more of a Jason guy myself. But I enjoyed the Nightmare movies, especially the first one and the third one.  I was intrigued by this reboot, I enjoyed the Friday the 13th reboot by New Line/Platinum Dunes in 2009 and I loved the idea of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy, so I was anxious to see how well they pulled this off.

Unlike the Friday the 13th reboot, I had not watched this movie beforehand, it was my first viewing.  I was intrigued by the idea of Jackie Haley playing Freddy and I really liked the look of Freddy from the trailer.  I didn’t go into it with HIGH expectations, per say, but I was optimistic.

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I think the best thing about the movie is the “look and feel”.  It was definitely grittier and more dark than the later Nightmare movies.  I also liked Haley as Freddy.  His mannerisms and his look were very well realized.  I even thought Haley was slightly more menacing than the original Freddy, well at least the version from the later movies.  The wise-cracking jokester killer.  All in all, I enjoyed it.  It sort of fell apart at the end, mainly because I think the teens in the movie weren’t very interesting.  I didn’t really like anybody.  Rooney Mara was okay if a bit understated as Nancy.  Katie Cassidy did pretty good, but I think I just got bored with the teens by the end.  I like the way Freddy is “dispatched” in the final battle and how the final stinger shot is sort of an homage to the final shot in the original Nightmare movie.

I liked it, but I didn’t love it.  However, that being said, I would watch another Jackie Haley as Freddy Nightmare movie.  I think the potential is there to have a really good sequel.  Especially if they follow along the story lines of Nightmare 3: Dream Warriors.

And they have to reunite Dokken for the soundtrack.  That is a must.


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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Marvel Comics’ A Nightmare on Elm Street magazine (1989)

Posted in A Nightmare on Elm Street, comic books, Freddy Krueger, magazine, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by Paxton

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In 1989 Marvel comics released the magazine Freddy Krueger’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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The magazine had gorgeously painted covers by Joe Jusko.  The interior art was in black and white and done by Rich Buckler and Tony DeZuniga.  Tony DeZuniga also worked on the awesome MGM’s Marvelous Wizard of Oz magazine I’ve talked about before for my Oz series.  The interior stories were written by Steve Gerber.  The magazines were published around the release of Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.  At the time, comics were coming under fire for being too violent and Nightmare 5 was getting protests in LA for this very reason.  This general backlash caused Marvel to decide to cancel the magazine after issue #2.  Marvel wasn’t receiving pressure from anyone and the magazine actually sold fairly well, Marvel just wanted to avoid any problems so they quietly folded the magazine.

It’s a shame the magazine was canceled.  The story was pretty interesting.  The first issue even has a few pages devoted to its own version of Freddy’s origin involving Amanda Krueger’s entrapment, beating and rape within the walls of a mental hospital.  The art is pretty good too, especially in the first issue.  The second half of the second issue, though, the art becomes a little uneven and a little inconsistent.  Sometimes it’s nicely inked and sometimes it looks like pencil drawings.  A little weird.

Check out two samples of the art.  On the left is a nicely inked page from early in the issue and on the right is a page that looks more “pencil-like” with very little inking. You can click the images to see them BIGGER.

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It goes on like that for the last 10 pages or so. Sometimes only one panel on the page will have the “pencil” look. I guess they knew the mag was being canceled and just rushed it out.  Which makes sense since the second issue of this magazine is extremely hard to find.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Fangoria magazines featuring Freddy Krueger

Posted in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger, magazine, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by Paxton

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I did this last week for Jason Voorhees, so I’m going to do it again with Freddy. I reached back into my stash of vintage Fangoria magazines and pulled out a few that had covers and articles about A Nightmare on Elm Street or Freddy Krueger.

The first issue I found was Fangoria #62 from 1987. It has a cover story on A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and the reunion of Nancy and Freddy.  It was probably published a few months after the release of the movie.

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This issue also featured the Friday the 13th Part 6 article about the gory scenes cut out of that film that I featured last week.

Here’s the cover article about Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3.

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It’s an okay, mostly fluff article about what the new movie is supposed to be about. There are a lot of good photos, though, as Fangoria was always really good about including those in their main articles.  No really good inside info, though.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Freddy’s Nightmares (1988)

Posted in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger, movies, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2012 by Paxton

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Week 3 of AWESOME-tober-fest 2012, day 2 of Freddy Krueger Week. Today I continue my look at the dream master in pop culture with the late 80s TV show, Freddy’s Nightmares.

Freddy’s Nightmares began airing in syndication in 1988.  It was a horror anthology TV series hosted by Freddy Krueger.  The show’s premise worked in much the same way as other hosted anthology shows like Tales from the Crypt (The Cryptkeeper) or Twilight Zone (Rod Serling).

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The first episode, No More Mr Nice Guy, was directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper and featured an origin story for Freddy. Freddy is tried for killing children but gets off because he was not read his Miranda rights. The town forms a mob, catches up to him and burns him to the ground inside his hideout in an abandoned power plant.  Throughout the series Freddy would begin and end the episode as the “host”.  Some of the episodes of the series featured Freddy as the antagonist, but many of them only featured him tangentially or not at all.

The show ran for 2 seasons and has not been released on DVD in the US.  However five episodes of the series were released on VHS in the mid-90s.  The first three episodes were released on DVD in the UK, however, due to poor sales, all subsequent episode releases were canceled.

Here’s the intro to the show:


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