Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dinosaurs vs Aliens and Other Great Ideas

I remember reading 'Men in Black' comic book (created and written by Lowell Cunningham) when it was a thin black and white comic, printed on the cheapest newsprint, and available only at a select few comic book shops willing to take a chance on a book no one had ever heard of.
But it kicked ass.
I still have my original issues of 'Men in Black' and will likely take them to my grave. Yes, I have seen the movie. Yes, I enjoyed it. No, I don't think it was very true to the comic book at all, but that's ok by me.
Not every comic book needs to be made into a movie. And not every movie based on a comic book needs to be perfect and faithful. Just good. It is only common sense that if you are going to spend millions of dollars on a film it should be decent.
Comic books are fertile territory for screenwriters who can't think for themselves. Much better idea to mine the treasure trove of tales that have been glamorized in four-color comics rather than stay up all night and come up with something original.
Grant Morrison is a great comic book writer who understands the value and importance of plot and character development when you tell a story. Morrison is teaming up with the director of the 'Men in Black', Barry Sonnenfeld for a film project called 'Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens.'
I could go on at length about what the film is about, but the truth is all anyone knows is it features an alien attack during the reign of the dinosaurs. What else do you need to know?

I count on Morrison to deliver a story that is coherent, exciting and well worth my time, and I count on Sonnenfeld to deliver a quality film based on that story that is also exciting, coherent and well worth my time.

Hopefully, neither of them will let me down.

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