The Avatar series by Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp, Black Summer has been optioned as a movie by new operation Vigilante Entertainment from Hicham Benkirane, the former head of audiovisual development at Les Humanoides. The screenplay is to be written by Ryne Pearson to adapt.
Variety describes the comic as about
superhero team the Seven Guns, a group of scientist-adventurers who modified their own bodies for street-fighting in order to take back their West Coast city from a corrupt police force, criminal local government and rapacious private security forces.
What’s missing from that is the series initial hook, the superhero that executed the President of the United States on charges of war crimes. And the state that then turns against and hunts down the entire superhero team as a result. It’s very much a post-9/11, post-Iraq Invasion comic, and an extreme one at that.
Will this aspect stay in any resultant movie? After all it would be the easiest way to get headlines, if that’s what you wanted. If not, is there a danger that it’s being bowlderised before its begun?
The Black Summer collection can be found here.