Eco-conscious fiction seems to be a growing genre of late, and Jamie Lee Curtis, Russell Goldman and artist Karl Stevens are about to add eco-horror to the mix with Mother Nature. Solicited as a 176 page full-color hardcover graphic novel with a market release window of July 2023, it is based on the script from the forthcoming Comet Pictures and Blumhouse film co-written by Curtis and Goldman and which Curtis will be directing.
“Nova Terrell who, after witnessing her father die in mysterious circumstances on one of the Cobalt Corporation’s experimental oil extraction projects, has grown up to despise the seemingly benevolent company that the town of Catch Creek, New Mexico, relies on for its jobs and prosperity. The rebellious Nova wages a campaign of sabotage and vandalism against the oil giant, until one night she accidentally makes a terrifying discovery about the true nature of the Mother Nature project and the long-dormant, vengeful entity it has awakened that threatens to destroy them all.”
And yes, there is a trailer:
Curtis’ turn to writing isn’t new for the multi-award winning actor and director (and first-time Oscar nominee for Everything Everywhere All At Once) . She has written children’s books since 1993, and blogged with the Huffington Post from 2011 to 2017. The turn to writing comics, however, is rather new.
Jamie Lee Curtis said about the project:
“I first thought about this story when I was 19 years old. I’ve always been aware of the very unbalanced relationship between humans and nature, and even though I was young, I always knew that, inevitably, nature would win.”
On partnering with artist Karl Stevens for the project, Curtis adds:
“I have long admired and collected Karl’s work, and I’m very excited he suggested expanding the idea to turn it into a graphic novel. The partnership with Titan has now given us a wonderful platform to begin to tell our story.”
Stevens speaks about what drew him to the project:
“I was immediately blown away by the depth of the characters, the perfect blend of action and gore, the urgent ecological message, and how all these things would translate beautifully into a graphic novel. It’s a joy and privilege to work with Titan Comics and Blumhouse on this project. I’m producing the best work of my career!”
Mother Nature cowriter Russell Goldman also chimed in:
“We wanted to reach deeper than the big picture doom-and-gloom of climate change narratives to tell a story specific to Four Corners, New Mexico, an amazing part of the world where every major source of energy is mined, and where the climate and resource crises are acutely felt. We wanted to use these themes to shape a story that feels intense, honest and unexpectedly aspirational.”
Check out a preview of the forthcoming book below, and look for it to arrive in stores on July 18, 2023.