James Wan made his name with low budget horror movies that proved to be huge success stories. He directed “Saw” and “Insidious” and has moved on to a new level in Hollywood with the opportunity to direct “Fast and Furious 7.” However, along the way, he has also created his own comic book series “Malignant Man” through the publisher Boom. Originally, Wan wanted to write it in order to turn the property into a movie and there is a chance that he could still direct the movie as it heads into development.
“Malignant Man” tells the story of a man with a terminal illness who is resigned to dying until he learns that the tumor is a parasite. Not only is it a parasite, but it also gives him super powers and a new lease on life. He must now fight an evil army “buried beneath society’s skin” to save the world. With this new comic book property headed to the big screen, here is a look at some of the better graphic novel adaptations to come to the big screen.
The Holy Grail of comic book graphic novels for years is “Watchmen.” For many years, filmmakers tried to find a way to bring it to the big screen but it never happened until 2009, 22 years after the Alan Moore story was first published. The story tells the tale of a world where superheroes were banned and deemed illegal. However, when someone begins to assassinate old retired superheroes, others feel the need to come out of retirement to find out who is killing them and why. Zack Snyder directed the movie and proved his worth, helping him later land the job to direct “Man of Steel.”
“V for Vendetta”
Another Alan Moore graphic novel that received the big screen adaptation called “V for Vendetta.” This was another dystopian future tale that took place in the U.K. in a world that was devastated by a nuclear war. As a result, the U.K. is under fascist rule and V is an anarchist who wears a Guy Fawkes mask and has plans to launch a terrorist act that he hopes will free the country from the fascist regime. The movie was directed by James McTeigue and starred Hugo Weaving as V and Natalie Portman as his disciple.
The most recent graphic novel adaptation was from a French comic book by Jacques Lob. The “Snowpiercer” books were about a train that kept a limited number of people alive after climate change freezes the planet. The train, called the Snowpiercer, is able to self sustain itself and never need to stop for fuel. The entire story is a tale of class warfare, the rich in the front, the middle class in the middle and the poor in the cattle cars in the rear. Bong Joon-ho directed the adaptation, although it looks more like a prequel to the stories in the books.