Oh yeah, speaking of the London Book Fair, this little news nugget was buried in Rachel Deahl’s preview of the event for PW:
Russia will be the country of honor at the 2011 fair, and Trident has a few projects with ties to the former U.S.S.R. From authors Ben McCool and William Tucci is the graphic novel Alexander Nevsky, based on the classic film of the same name by Russian director Sergei Eisenstein. The title, which the agency likens to works like 300 and Gladiator (and is the first authorized book adaptation of the film), follows the titular warrior prince as he staves off the invading Teutonic knights; no rights sold.
Eisenstein’s film includes the iconic score by Sergei Prokofiev, of course, and the famous sequence of the Battle on the Ice, which remains a spectacular piece of filmmaking.
There is actually some artwork for the GN project floating around, (I did some production work on the promo materials for the LBF after one of the editors fell ill.) I’ll try to get permission to post it here, because it looks quite impressive.
[Disclaimer: Writer Ben McCool is married to the owner of this site.]
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