Adam Beach Says Turok Movie Due in a Few Years
I'm honestly really tired of writing about adaptation after remake after reboot. I know Hollywood doesn't have that much originality left, but news like this really burns me out. Unfortunately video games are the worst of the bunch. Until Jerry Bruckheimer shows us how awesome they can be with Prince of Persia and until both Halo and Gears of War get made, they won't ever be good. As much as I'd like to believe that Turok could be a great film, I just don't think it will be. Turok fans are sure to remind me that before Turok: Dinosaur Hunter became a huge hit on the N64, Turok was actually a comic book character that originated in 1954. Now Adam Beach is bringing him to the big screen.
Beach, who is of Saulteaux decent and has appeared in movies like Windtalkers and Flags of Our Fathers as well as "Law & Order: SVU", recently finished voice work in an animated Turok movie titled Turok: Son of Stone that hit shelves back in February. Now he tells MTV exclusively they're turning it into a full-fledged live action film. "We just finished the animated movie and now we're going into the feature film movie [which should lens] hopefully in a couple years. We're about to set up meetings to develop a script and put it out there," Beach enthused. "I'll have to beef up, and be a good guy, and save the world!" Beach says that this opportunity to play a Native America superhero is "a dream."
Beach explains his enthusiasm for the role. "He's the first Native American superhero that I ever looked up to. He basically [comes from] a family where they're protecting our universe from an alternate universe that wants to take it over. He uses his wits, and his might, and his special bow and arrow to take over the world." Sounds potentially enjoyable, but I haven't been impressed with Beach so far. Maybe this is finally the perfect role for him? At least he knows that he needs to put on some weight and bulk up, because Turok ain't no scrawny warrior and no one wants to see a weak ass dinosaur hunter.
The recent animated movie was based on the actual 1954 comic and not any of the video games, which makes me believe this movie will be drawing more from the original comic than any of the games as well. Maybe that's a good thing? To be honest, I actually loved the video games, but they wouldn't really make for a good movie. However, the idea and the mythology behind Turok might just be enough for a good story, but maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. I really have minimal confidence in Adam Beach and really don't think this could be that good, so why do I have any hope for it? I really don't, but I tend to be optimistic. And a movie with a Native American superhero who fights dinosaurs actually sounds pretty badass. I just hope they got a good producer, a good director, and a good writer attached or else it will be garbage.
Will the Turok comics make for a great movie or not?