If this ever happened I would have good reason to read my first ever Doc Savage story.
Source: Disgruntled Superman
I first learned about Kristian Rossi through a Kickstarter. Kristian was providing the art for a story written by Justin Ryan called Trespasser which looked pretty cool. I got on board for an autographed copy with a piece of custom art.
Kristian came through with a real winner. He nailed Carter’s look and attitude. I hope this won’t be my last piece from Kristian.
A new tv series based on Dracula is in the work. Seems there has been a lot of grumbling from fans worried about the potential success of a new series based on the infamous Count…
…these concerns aren’t unjustified — Dracula-centered television shows are notoriously short-lived, and while there are a multitude of shows centered around the supernatural, there aren’t that many dedicated to the main vamp himself. NBC took a stab at it in 2013 with “Dracula,” a British-American horror drama… Though promising, the series only lasted one season.
Gabrielle Kiss and IndieWire came up with ‘Dracula’: 7 Things A Series About the World’s Most Famous Vampire Should Have. Here are the three that I think are most important…
5. Make Dracula a Bit Ruthless
Rumor has it that Dracula was based off of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, better known as Vlad the Impaler. It’s said that Vlad Dracula (meaning son of the dragon, or son of the devil) would dip chunks of bread into buckets of blood drained from the people he killed, usually after he invited them to a feast and then immediately impaled them at the dinner table (he always finished his dinner afterwards, bodies and all, in case you were wondering). So it would be nice if that same sense of ruthlessness could be brought to the new adaptation of “Dracula.” There’s no rule that states you can’t be suave and merciless (just ask Klaus Mikaelson of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”). (I agree. Dracula didn’t become King of the Vampires and live as long as he did without being ruthless. He’s a vampire!)
6. Give Him a Sense of Humor
Speaking of “The Originals,” let’s bring in some of that dark humor and wit that makes characters like Klaus Mikaelson a baddie that we love to hate (but just can’t). That same natural charisma and use of offhanded sardonic remarks should be applied to our newest Dracula, because that’s what the audience connects to. It’s also what keeps people coming back for more, everyone needs a tension breaker once in awhile. (His sense of humor should arise from the fact that he’s amusing himself. Saying things and making jokes not for others but his own amusement. He believes himself to be above mere humans. So it will be very interesting when a human catches his innuendo and responds. Dracula will know he’s perhaps met his match.)
3. Tell the Original Story
While a lot of vampire stories have spawned from the original “Dracula,” there haven’t been nearly as many that actually tell Dracula’s story. Bring back characters like Jonathan Harker and Van Helsing! They don’t have to share the spotlight with Dracula, but they’re relatively new characters to the younger generation, and they would help inspire interesting plot points for the new show (something the previous “Dracula” series lacked). (While I go back on forth on the era – modern or 1890’s, I do believe that the original story, even if slightly modified should be the basis for the series.)
Point Blank (1967)
Director: John Boorman
Screenplay: Alexander Jacobs and David Newhouse & Rafe Newhouse based on the Donald E. Westlake novel written as Richard Stark
Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O’Connor, Lloyd Bochner, John and James B. Sikking
The Pitch: “Hey, let’s get Lee Marvin to star in a crime movie!”
Tagline: There are two kinds of people in his up-tight world: his victims and his women. And sometimes you can’t tell them apart.
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Walker (Marvin) is double crossed and left for dead after helping his friend steal money to pay off his friend’s mob debt. Walker recovers and vows to get revenge and his share of the money.
Deadline is reporting that a Frank Miller’s Sin City tv series is closer to becoming a reality.
…Glen Mazzara, the showrunner whose resume includes The Shield, The Walking Dead and The Omen…
…would take over the writing chores with Len (Luficer) Wiseman set to direct.
If this comes to pass on a network like AMC, or FX or one of the other networks that’s not afraid to make Sin City without wholesale changes, then I’m all over it. Bet you are too.