JackBrodie is master of disguise. He can go anywhere and do almost anything. His secret:he doesn't just impersonate someone. He becomes them. In the graphic novel"Brodie's Law: Project Jameson", Jack used his new abilities to gain revenge on London's criminal underworld and with a feature film in production, Brodie soon will be making his way from the comic page to the silver screen. Comics2Film spoke with "Brodie's Law" co-creator Daley Osiyemi about both the past and future of Jack Brodie in both his four color and big screen incarnations
Jack Brodie was born in a 1998 story called "Doughface" by "Brodie's Law" co-creator David Bircham. "It was just an idea he had for a while without it being really developed but I had always loved the main character from the story. I spoke to David about developing the main character from 'Doughface' and coming up with a new story around him," Osiyemi told C2F. "I have always wanted to create an action-packed comic thriller that destroys the 'stale' methodology of the traditional superhero. I guess I was trying to prove a point that this medium of story telling is far more than your traditional superheroes we all grew up with. From there the story arc for 'Brodie's Law' just came about naturally. Since David and I had always wanted to do a story based in London's underbelly, this seemed the right character for such a story.
On "Brodie's Law", artist David Bircham employed a dark and gritty style. "The visual style wasn't originally intended to have a "noir" feel, but I wanted David to push the envelope and come up with a style unique to comics," Osiyemi said. "We wanted to create a style that is new and different and reflects the world the characters come from. We also wanted to make the reader feel they are actually watching the drama unfold in motion, in the same way you watch a film or TV."
Brodie's initial six issue trek through London's underworld is collected in the graphic novel "Brodie's Law: Project Jameson. "Jack Brodie, an East London criminal is sent on a routine assignment, to break into a high tech lab and steal a disc that contained a top-secret experiment," Osiyemi explained. "The disc he stole was the blue print for a process called Psycho Metamorphosis or PM13, a compound that stimulates a human's latent ability to morph from one human likeness to another, male or female. With the help of a genetic scientist... he came to possess the power to steal a person's thoughts and identity before returning it tainted with his own evil deeds. Framed for a murder he did not commit, Brodie embarks on a thrilling non-stop mission to find his kidnapped son and avenge his murdered wife."
The conclusion of "Project Jameson" hints that Jack Brodie's story is far from over. Osiyemi and Bircham are hard at work chronicling the next exploit of the shape changing British anti-hero. "We are currently working on the six issues second series. The seventh issue should be out late March 2006," Osiyemi stated. "It should answer a lot of the questions from the first series which I know fans would be waiting to find. We love comics and what we produce comes from a passion to create, I guarantee if you pick up the first book you'll pick up the second and the third etc..."
Jack Brodie's journey to the silver screen began at the 2004 San Diego Comic Con where Osiyemi and Bircham met producers Ford Oelman and Mark Costa of NHO Entertainment. "Back then we only had the first issue out but they saw the potential for a movie straight away and we signed up with them to develop the movie soon after," Osiyemi stated. "They later brought in film director Renny Harlin, who was just as thrilled as we all were about a movie version of the graphic novel. We have all become good friends and share the same vision for the movie as David and I did."
Osiyemi and Bircham will be an active part of the production on the "Brodie's Law" feature film. "We hope to be consultants every step of the way," Osiyemi said. "We know it's for the best and makes sense. We have spoken to the producers about this and they are in agreement. When they (producers) get the script, they'll need our notes. When they cast, they'll need our input, etc. I think our relationship thus far has shown how it will work through the entire process."
The screenplay for "Brodie's Law" has not been finalized. It will be set in London and Osiyemi is hoping the story will closely resemble the comics. He feels that there are some essential elements of the comics that the screenplay must contain. "The essential elements of 'Brodie's Law' that needs to be translated into the film will be: the cool tattoo-like symbol on Brodie's back. This icon is what ties the story together and explains who Jack Brodie really is and the changes both personal and physical he undergoes," Osiyemi explained. Also, the PM13 formula that gave him his extraordinary powers; the intensity and desperation of all the main characters and the gritty unforgiving hell that is the London underbelly which the story was set."
Osiyemi doesn't know if the signature gritty look of the "Brodie's Law" comic will be replicated in the feature film. "The shooting style is TBD as well," he said. "I guess we will revisit this as we get closer to the start of principal photography. But I'm not sure if it's going to be as arty as 'Sin City'. I think we all are thinking more like 'Road to Perdition" and the pace and action of something like 'Bourne Identity' or 'Infernal Affairs.'"
The casting for "Brodie's Law" hasn't begun but Osiyemi does have some candidates in mind to play the shape shifting bad-ass title character. "The one person for me that would fit the role perfectly would be Jason Statham (Transporter 2). He has everything about Jack Brodie. I would also go for Hugh Jackman in the lead role."
"Brodie's Law" is a dark noir tinged tale that mixes elements of crime fiction and Sam Raimi's cult classic "Darkman" with the identity issues of "Fight Club." Osiyemi believes that the thrilling twists and turns and the complex characters of "Brodie's Law" will enthral both comic fans and film goers