Here's one nobody has been holding their breath for: Variety reports that a big-screen version of Rob Liefeld's 'Youngblood' in the works with Brett Ratner directing and producing.
Indian media conglomerate Reliance Big Entertainment has obtained the rights to the book for Ratner's Rat Entertainment. Julia Roberts' Red Om Films is also involved.
Reliance reportedly paid mid six figures for the rights to what Variety hilariously calls an "iconic graphic novel". The mainstream press loves to use the term "graphic novel" as some kind of snobbish antidote to "comic book", which they seem to think diminishes the work. But, no, 'Youngblood' was not a graphic novel. It was a comic book. Iconic? Maybe, but for all the wrong reasons.
But hey, who are we to judge? Ratner seems pleased.
“Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and ‘Youngblood’ is one of the few comic books left with tentpole potential,” Ratner told Daily Variety, using the terms "comic book" and "graphic novel" interchangeably in his preposterous statement (as if there aren't great comics and/or graphic novels published every year).
As hack as the early 'Youngblood' comics were, Liefeld later retooled the concept with better writers like Alan Moore and Joe Casey writing the scripts. No word on exactly which comics the film may be drawing the storyline from.
Reliance and Ratner also hold the rights to a French book called 'Fly Wires.' Variety also calls it a graphic novel but we can't be too sure. We're not familiar with the book and Variety doesn't name who might have written or illustrated it.
'Stomp the Yard' director Sylvain White is on board to direct. John Collee ('Master and Commander') to writing the script.
Both projects are said to be on the fast-track.
Are there any Youngblood fans left out there? Is Rattner the right man for the job? Post your comments below.