Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2009 by Russ Fischer
When I scan through my newsreader each morning, I really don’t expect to see a feature-length article about a comic series like Alien Legion in a major US paper. The comic was one of the early efforts from Epic Comics, the direct-sales Marvel imprint that skirted the comics code beginning in the early ’80s. The comic’s concept was simple: the French Foreign Legion in space, with a rogues gallery of humans and aliens fighting alongside one another.
The title has long been on many fanboy wishlists for adaptation to film, and while things have been simmering for a long time, it seems that the heat is being turned up, if only incrementally.
USA Today has the big Alien Legion article. (It is a major US paper, like it or not.) I’d known that the series had been optioned some time ago, and also that Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (the Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma remake team) are the writers currently on board.
Without having any direct quotes saying that, yes, the film really is going to happen, USA Today’s writer (seemingly quite a fan of the comic) pushes the notion that it is very much a going concern. “Legion is painted on an immense canvas,” says former Legion artist and current Legion omnibus editor Chris Warner, “and today’s effects can really carry that off. The themes and characters have a lot of depth and resonance, and ultimately that’s what storytelling is about. Good stories are always good stories.”
Yeah, OK, not a lot there. Series creator Carl Potts notes that the Haas/Brandt draft is rewrite number three, and offers that the film might be a satisfying activity for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Bruckheimer’s never done a science-fiction before, so that challenge, I think, is something that would hold his interest. The success they’ve had with blending CGI and live-action characters in The Pirates of the Caribbean series could translate easily to an Alien Legion film.
But again, that’s not any sort of definitive statement that the film is a priority. Am I just getting your hopes up? Probably. If it’s any consolation, I’m in the same boat. I haven’t revisited the comic series in a decade or more, but I like the ‘men on a mission’ possibilities inherent in any adaptation. I’d be happy to see an adaptation of the graphic novel A Grey Day to Die, but let’s see what Brandt and Haas are cooking up for Bruckheimer.