Following the excitement last week when a set of jury-rigged lettered xeroxes of BIG NUMBERS #3 hit the web, it looks like the legendary series, created by Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz, will finally be completed. Former publisher Kevin Eastman has announced that he’s received Moore’s blessing to publish a revamped version of the ten uncompleted issues. “The take is a little different than Alan’s would have been, but we all felt that just getting something out there that could be collected was the main thing,” Eastman told the Beat.
The artist will be Simon Bisley. “Simon has the vision and imagination to complete this incredible project,” said Eastman. “More importantly, there’s absolutely no danger that he will go berserk just from working on the project, since that ship sailed long ago.”
Moore left notes on how the series would progress, as well as a complete script to issue #4. Picking up the writing reins will be Oscar® winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who co-produced CONSTANTINE, based on a character created by Moore. Goldsman has incredible reverence for Moore’s work, but even more importantly, since writing the screenplays for BATMAN FOREVER and BATMAN & ROBIN back in the ’90s, he’s been itching to try his hand at writing an actual comic book. Joining a growing number of screenwriters who gravitate to comics, Goldsman is looking forward to tasting some of the creative freedom offered in comics that Hollywood types can only dream about. “BIG NUMBERS is the kind of high concept story that just fires the imagination,” said Goldsman. “While staying very, very true to Alan Moore’s intent, I think you’ll agree, by the time the new version is finished, it should be called EVEN BIGGER NUMBERS. The first version was Number One, but this will definitely be Number Two.”
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