Saga Musical

For a comic series that will not be adapted into a film or television show at any point in the near future, I sure have written many words about Saga on this film and television website. Perhaps it’s because Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, is one of the best comics I’ve ever read. Maybe it’s because I’m just tickled by two comic creators deliberately shunning the fat paycheck that would come with selling the rights. Eh, it’s both!

But now, Vaughan and Staples have opened the door just a crack: they wouldn’t say no to Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda making a musical adaptation.

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saga movie

Tessa Thompson is the brightest spot in Thor: Ragnarok, a movie that feels like it’s composed of nothing but bright spots. But the star of Creed, Westworld, and Dear White People has another comic on her mind: Saga. The actress revealed herself to be a fan of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples‘ brilliant adults-only space opera on social media, opening up a vortex of people saying “Tessa Thompson should star in a Saga movie!”

Unfortunately, you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up. A Saga movie is unlikely to come around anytime soon.

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saga funko pops

Whenever someone new to comics asks me for a recommendation, a place to jump in and start reading, my go-to answer is Saga. Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples‘ science fiction epic is sweeping and romantic, violent and irreverent, hilarious and heartbreaking, diverse and frank, sexy and disgusting. Imagine Star Wars, but instead of opening with a Star Destroyer chasing down the Death Star plans, it opens with a lead character worried that she’s just crapped her pants while giving birth and her husband reassuring her that she did not. It’s magical.

And like anything with even the smallest foothold in popular culture, Saga is getting its own line of Funko Pop figures. And yes, they’re adorable.

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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

As usual, there are some new Star Wars and Star Trek items, a bunch of Funko exclusives coming to Comic-Con this summer, some action figures for A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey, an Evil Dead 2 video game, a special Saga action figure two-pack and much more.

Check out everything in this edition of The Toy Box after the jump.

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SXSW week catch-up continues in today’s Superhero Bits. Want to see the trailer for Superman vs. The Elite? How about the Amazing Spider-Man video game? Is there a Batman and Robin musical starring Mr. Freeze? What happens when The Joker goes through airport security? Why did the Man of Steel Facebook page disappear? And what is Joss Whedon saying about his work on The Avengers? Read about this and more in the today’s edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »