Warren Ellis comments on the 'Red' sale (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008
Source: www.warrenellis.com

Over at his official website, author Warren Ellis talks about today's news that 'Red', the comic he co-created with Cully Hamner, has been sold as a film to Summit Entertainment.

Ellis tells his readers that he's not concerned with reported differences in the comic story and the film's storyline.

...RED is more of a graphic novella, a short and tight book, and a novella doesn’t fill out a film’s running time all on its own. This is an adaptation, not a direct transfer/translation from page to print. What the screenwriters will do is take the core concept of RED — a troubled old man still having nightmares of his role as his government’s monster suffering an attempted murder at the remote hands of a terrified political appointee, and bringing the world of covert assassination back to the agency who wanted to drop him and his body down an Orwellian memory-hole — and expand upon it. The book is, if you like, a folded shape that can unpack into a film.

Ellis does take exception with the idea that this is a DC Comic that's gone off the film reservation.

"...the news story calls it a Wildstorm/DC book first, and not a Warren Ellis/Cully Hamner book, which is what it is" We went with Summit because they make films like INSOMNIA and MEMENTO with people like Christopher Nolan (and they produced FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, too)."



Series: Red