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Ratner to direct YOUNGBLOOD

Helmer matched perfectly with material

By Rob M. Worley     February 09, 2009
Source: Variety


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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.

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vlomski 2/9/2009 7:54:17 AM

Whata you expect from the son of a real estate developer, the most self-important, ego-maniacs, running rampant, and raping America's greatest cities of their character, building cheap ass buildings that look "slick" now but will begin to fall apart in 10 years, all in the name of a quick sleazy buck! That tentpole is up Ratner's ass and that's the only place, myopic, pea brained, dunderhead!

gauleyboy420 2/9/2009 9:03:40 AM

I'll admit it, in the 90's I bought this GARBAGE, and thats what it is garbage. Liefelds incarnation of Youngblood (the only one I've read) did not hold up over the test of time (3 years) This is a case of soon to be be real shitty comics  being made into real shitty movies.

 

AND FUCK CALLING EVERYTING A GRAPHIC NOVEL. I read comics, and yeah I know there are graphic novels out there, but FEW read them, most of us read comics. AND don't try to call Watchmen a graphic novel, it was published as single issue comics, and trades aren't graphic novels either. Don't be ashamed of comics, I am never afraid to tell someone that I read and collect comics. I then proceed to explain why so many hipsters feel the need to call thier comics graphic novels, patetic, jut like Youngblood

Wiseguy 2/9/2009 9:14:51 AM

Damn gauley, my sentiments exactly.

And Rob you're a %100 percent right.

AntoBlueberry 2/9/2009 9:59:37 AM

An average director working to adapt one of the worst comic-book ever? I don't think the movie could be as bad as my expectations...

br003 2/9/2009 10:14:33 AM

Yea... more black suits. Yo Gi-X-Blood.

everdreaded 2/9/2009 10:52:15 AM

Yeah this is one way the hell outta left field...

..Btw the only reason I even stayed interested in anything image did was for a character named Prophet..some other super soldier from the future along with the aartist Stephen Platt...i loved his graphic work and I even remember that Govenor Arnold was even talking about portraying the character at one point in the past..guess that fell thru after that great comic black whole sucked in all the hacks and the survivors crawled back to the big three or got big egoes and started selling hockey shirts and toy dolls...lol!

dreamboy 2/9/2009 10:56:32 AM

SHAME I WOULD RATHER SEE LARRY STROMANS "TRIBE" THAN YOUNGBLOOD BETTER ARTIST BETTER BOOK.  THIS BOOK CAME ON THE PUSH OF MARVEL DOING CAGE. AN LIKE MOST IMAGE BOOKS LIKE SPAWN AB SHADOWHAWK  USED BLACK CAHRACTERS TO SELL AND DISCARED THEM. BUT BOOKS BY ANIA AN AND STROMANS 'TRIBE' STILL CANT GET MOVIE DEALS. WHATS UP WITH THAT HOOLYWOOD? 

Hobbs 2/9/2009 11:54:32 AM

Youngblood...is this a remake of that 80's Rob Lowe movie where he is a hockey player?

WarCry 2/9/2009 12:42:08 PM

Personally, I think there are three books that are iconic not because of the content so much as the effort to "break away" from the big-boys. Those three are Youngblood, Spawn, and WildC.A.T.S. Why these three? Three words: Liefeld, McFarlane, and Lee. These guys were the top of the heap in the early 90s, and they tried to do something completely new. Love it or hate it, it was ballsy to pull out of a "regular paycheck" to do something different. It also changed the comic book industry for the better, allowing creators to keep a little more control over their creations.

As for this movie - eh, I wasn't banging down the gates at any studios for it, but I'll watch it. It should be a good, fun, summer popcorn movie. Watchmen or Dark Knight? Nah...but every movie isn't going to be Gone with the Wind or Casablanca. Sometimes you just want to some good, goofy fun.

bigsxc2000 2/9/2009 1:20:32 PM

Dear Brett Ratner,

                  Take it from someone know.  This movie will suck ass.  Trust me, I've made plenty.  Don't be the next me.

 

                                                                                                                                              Your Friend,

                                                                                                                                                  Uwe Boll

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