The Hollywood Reporter has a story this morning about how SUPERMAN producer Pierre Spengler has a 12-picture option on titles drawn from the library of Humanoides, starting with I AM LEGION, by Fabien Nury and John Cassaday, who is set to direct the movie. Spengler has things like hedge funds involved for backing, and a $20 mil privately funded war chest to get going.
We hear rumblings that Humanoides may be planning another venture into the American comics market as well, and the movie deal would only fuel the speculative fires. The last run of Humanoids ended after a distribution deal with DC folded.
According to the Reporter:
“I think there’s great potential there. We’ve picked 12 titles to develop first,” Spengler said, ahead of a trip to next week’s Comic Con in San Diego. English translations of Humanoides’ major titles have been distributed in the U.S. through D.C. Comics since 2004, “I Am Legion” being the first to go this route.
Set in 1942, “Legion” tells of a diabolical attempt by the Nazis to develop a new weapon through controlling people’s minds. Cassaday will follow in the footsteps of fellow graphic artists such as Frank Miller (“Sin City”) and Enki Bilal (“Immortal”) and make the transition to director for the movie adaptation. Nury has written the screenplay. Budgeted at about $15 million depending on cast, the film is due to shoot early next year in Croatia. Spengler will produce along with former Humanoides president Fabrice Giger.
Other titles in the initial film lineup include an adaptation of the “Metabarons” series penned by Alexandro Jodorowsky; “The Horde,” a future-set fantasy about a Russian dictator who models himself on Genghis Khan; Mexican wrestling story “Lucha Libre”; the zombie love story “Fragile”; and an animation adaptation of the series “The Zombie That Ate the World.”