Friday, September 01, 2006

New Gods

After Kirby Day!, I found myself looking over my copy of Jack Kirby's New Gods.

I was pondering what structure I'd use to write a movie of it. Animated, for sure, mind you. I recalled that exactly such a thing was in development. I know Mark Evanier confirmed being involved in a kind of advisory position. I'm also quite sure although it's a step or two past stalling by this point.

I am curious how they were planning to solve the structure of it. The comics develops the concepts slowly in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen, then into Forever People as well as Mister Miracle. It was always intended to be a tapestry, an epic through serial. In this sense, Superman: The Animated Series handled this very well.

A film, even one with hopes at a sequel or two, would need to boil that down to specific key elements and put them into a much tighter structure that moved the story forward with more urgency. It could be done. In fact, it could be done in a number of ways. "The Pact" would make it impossible for an actual "New Gods" movie to keep Mister Miracle in the background as far as on "Superman", which does pose a problem in keeping a simple forward arc.

I'd be very interested to read that script. I see no evidence of the script or a script review appearing online. That's too bad, I'd love to read it.

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