The first issue of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson‘s miniseries Happy was released only last month, but there are already plans in place to bring the story to the big screen. Actor and musician RZA, who is now making the move into directing, is attached to helm the project, with Reginald Hudlin of Django Unchained producing, and Morrison himself tapped to write the screenplay.
The comic book is a tonal mash-up of Bad Lieutenant and Care Bears, telling the story of Nick Sax, a down-and-out-on-his-luck ex-cop and addict who is gravely injured during a hit gone bad. When he wakes up, he finds that he is the only person in the world who can see a little blue flying horse called Happy, who has an ineffably cheerful outlook and life and insists that he has a very special Christmas mission for Nick.
We asked Happy‘s artist Darick Robertson how much he knew about the project. Apparently he has only recently heard about it, but has faith in RZA as a director.
I just found out about this shortly before Morrisoncon, and after seeing the trailer for The Man With The Iron Fists I’m excited to see RZA’s take on our comic!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is still in development and the producers have not yet approached a studio or financiers. The path to production may be eased if next month’s release of RZA’s directorial debut The Man With The Iron Fists does well. With a very promising trailer and a cast that includes Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe, we’re hoping that it will.