Italian horror comics series Dylan Dog is headed to the small screen in America thanks to producer James Wan. Wan’s Atomic Monster will produce a Dylan Dog TV series, which will bring the Tiziano Sclavi-created character to life. In the comics, Dylan Dog is a paranormal investigator who takes on cases involving ghosts, vampires, and other creatures of the night. The cult horror film Cemetery Man was loosely inspired by the comics, and in 2011, Brandon Routh starred in the film adaptation Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, which I’m pretty sure no one remembers, not even the people involved with the movie.
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Someone must’ve watched Superman Returns and thought Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen made a fun pairing, because the duo behind the roles are teamed up once again in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. The film is an adaptation of the Italian horror comics series about a paranormal investigator whose latest case finds him dealing with all manner of vampires, werewolves, zombies and guardians of Hell. Brandon Routh stars as the eponymous lead character, and Sam Huntington joins him as his undead assistant/comedic relief sidekick. Taye Diggs, Peter Stormare and wrestler Kurt Angle also appear in various villainous capacities. We saw a low-res Italian trailer for the film last month, but now there’s a domestic trailer. Watch it after the break. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
It’s been almost three years since we first reported that Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) had been cast as the title character in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, with TMNT director Kevin Munroe set to helm. The good news is that the film will finally be released on March 16, 2011. The bad news is that the good news only applies if you’re Italian. Although the project seems to be getting a fair amount of attention in Italy, there’s been very little hype or buzz in the US. Dylan Dog has yet to be picked up by an American distributor.
Both the film and the original comic, titled Dylan Dog, center around a paranormal investigator whose work brings him into contact with all manner of supernatural monsters. Italian distributor MovieMax has recently released a new trailer (dubbed in Italian). Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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It’s over two years now that we’ve been hearing about TMNT director Kevin Munroe‘s adaptation of the Italian comic series Dylan Dog. News that Brandon Routh would play the character first bubbled up in early 2008, and the film shot last year. It doesn’t yet have a US distributor (hence a lack of major presence at Comic Con this year) but will premiere in Italy later this year.
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Fresh back to their news-minting computers from a two day trip to New Orleans and the set of Dead of Night, Shock Till You Drop have posted the first image of Brandon Routh as the film’s hero, Dylan Dog. I’ve excerpted it above, but real fans will want to see his shirt collar (for reasons that may become clear as you read on). Over at Movieweb, meanwhile, they have the first picture of Sam Huntington as Marcus, Dylan’s undead sidekick who I don’t recall from the few reads I ever managed to steal of the original books when I was working in a comics shop.
For those not up on the euro-comics, Dylan is the eponymous lead of Tiziani Sclavi‘s horror comics. He’s a kind of horror detective, often referred to as a nightmare investigator, and he’s always running into ghouls and ghosts and hairy, gory, goopy things. In the comic he lives in London but for the film he’s been relocated. Indeed, the first line of the screenplay reads “The unmistakable skyline of New York City”.
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We haven’t yet received clarification regarding the apparent removal of Brandon Routh‘s vampire role in The Informers, but Bloody Disgusting reports that the Superman Returns actor is a lock for the lead role in an adaptation of the supernatural comic book Dylan Dog. Director Kevin Munroe, who helmed the rather abysmal TMNT for Imagi, has apparently left the animation company and Weinstein Co.’s Gatchaman to envision a live-action feature based on this Italian comic. Dark Horse Comics brought an English version of the title to the States beginning in 1999.
First impression? The film, which begins shooting in July, might share some similarity with Constantine, in that the comic revolves around a loner paranormal investigator (zombies, Jack the Ripper-types, strange portals) who has an eccentric litany of personal troubles (hopeless romantic, former alcoholic, various phobias). Many of Dog’s cases turn up a human underbelly rather than spooky kookiness appropriate for Coast to Coast AM. This will mark the second time that Dylan Dog has made his way to the screen; he appeared in alter-ego form in the likable 1994 cult film Dellamorte Dellamore aka Cemetery Man starring Rupert Everett (who is said to have originally inspired the character’s look).
Personally, I’m a sucker for this kind of premise like I am for a raunchy road movie. And Routh deserves a cool rebound after scoring one of American cinema’s mega-star roles only to experience Singer’s epic vision hit its mark like a frog with one leg. On the other hand, Munroe still has something to prove. More on this project as it develops…
Discuss: First impressions of a Dylan Dog movie? Fans of the comics, chime in below. Â