There is no shortage of terrible comic books that have been the beneficiaries of movie development deals that move along at a brisk pace. Throw a rock in Hollywood and you’re likely to hit a half-dozen examples of poorly drawn, hackneyed crap with great development deals, or good pieces of material with terrible deals. (When you do throw that rock, if I may once again borrow from Barton Fink, throw it hard.) But every once in a while one of the really great pieces of material ends up under the watchful eye of someone who keeps it from falling into the polluted hot tub where Green Lantern, Elektra and Judge Dredd are lounging like hairy swingers with eager eyes and very loose definitions of ‘disease free.’

Such is the case with Jeff Smith‘s Bone, a really tremendous piece of comic storytelling that tells a tale of prophecy, a princess, a dragon and three cousins lost in a strange land. The title has been in development hell for many years; a few bad scripts have come and, thankfully, gone. Jeff Smith now seems to be optimistic about the future, as Warner Bros. has a new draft in the works and just put together a four-minute short that wowed him. Read More »

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Jeff Smith made a huge splash in the early ’90s comics world with his long-form fantasy Bone. The series blended the influences of Walt Disney and Walt Kelley and created a framework with great characters and an ambitious sense of scope in which to tell a story that was unlike anything in comics at the time.

His follow-up series, RASL, hasn’t made quite the same giant splash, but the comics world is a very different place twenty years after Bone debuted. RASL‘s reviews have been good, and the property has now been optioned for development as a film. Read More »

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