30 Day Comic Book Challenge Day 26 – A Comic Book Movie I’d Like to See
It’s day 26 of the 30-day comic book challenge! Every day I cover a different comic book question, along with the other members of the IGN Assemble Facebook group.
Day 26 – A Comic Book I Would Like To See As A Movie
Today’s question required a bit of thinking. There are many comic series’ I think would make great TV adaptations, but not so many that would suit movies. Immediately I think to my favourite current comic books and they all seem an uncomfortable fit for a movie: Locke and Key, Fables, Invincible, Supurbia etc. All of those I think would make fantastic TV shows, but a movie is just too damn short. Of course ironically Fables is getting a movie, as is Locke And Key. My thoughts on that, Fables especially, will undoubtedly end up as a future blog post (spoilers: I’m still super excited).
So what would fit a movie? The problem is I was thinking of comics that are quite long running, fitting anything over nine issues into a movie is going to be a squeeze. So I went back to my graphic novels and I found a choice which I certainly didn’t expect: Pride of Baghadad.
Pride of Baghadad is a story about talking lions, and some other animals. But don’t let that fool you, The Lion King this is not. Set during the Iraq War, the story follows a small pride of Lions who escape captivity and make their way into the city. A dark story with a unique look at the war, it’s quite unlike anything I’ve read before.
As a film obviously full on live action is out of the question. It could be done in CG, and I think some of the shots in the city could be particularly powerfully rendered but I feel like the talking animals would come across as too goofy. As such I think classic hand drawn animation is the only way to properly adapt it.
Of course, it is very unlikely to ever get made. An animated movie for adults is already a tough sell, throw in talking animals and you’re doing well at making sure nobody would want to finance it. Which is a shame, because it would give a wider audience the opportunity to experience the story. As usual in these daily posts I hesitate to give too much detail as I wouldn’t want to spoil the book. Anyone interested should certainly try it. Luckily the phenomenal art is better than anything we would get in an on-screen version anyway.