Marc Guggenheim's Resurrection Goes to Universal
Have you ever wondered what happened after the aliens in War of the Worlds rapidly died off? I picture an everyday citizen poignantly asking, "What the f*ck was that all about!?!" And then I picture news casts of scientific findings trying to explain the invasion, and death tolls and dollar signs resulting from the tripods' attacks. While we won't exactly get such a postmortem on H.G. Wells' classic, we should get a pretty nice look what it's like for the world to put itself back together in an upcoming film based on the comic Resurrection that Universal has recently optioned. The comic, written by Marc Guggenheim of "Eli Stone", will be published this summer by Oni Press.
Guggenheim gave Comic Book Resources a bit of the lowdown on the story last year.
"Resurrection" is set in a world very much like our own -- except an alien race dubbed "The Bugs" invaded and attacked. It's been about 10 years since the aliens invaded. The book picks up right after the aliens have left the planet.
There's definitely a post-apocalyptic aspect to this story. It's very much like the book "The Road" or "Y: The Last Man" or any zombie story. It's a post-apocalyptic story but there hasn't been an apocalypse. We've just come as close to an apocalypse as we could get. In the first issue we see there are pockets of society that seem to be still functioning and the question is 'How do these pockets relate to other pockets?'
While definitely intriguing, it's not hard to imagine why such a story is in short supply on screen. After all, all the good fights and destruction have already happened, and the alien eye-candy we all love is now gone. According to Guggenhim, Resurrection is really about the characters and understanding what to do now -- sort of what you might think an I Am Legend sequel might be.
This really sounds like a project for maybe Star Trek's J.J. Abrams. Some of the mysteries that have his name written all of them relate to an alien that was actually captured and the slow reveal of that creature therein, along with strange "burns" that apparently "play a very key role in the overall mythology of the book." Given Abrams' performance with "Lost," I could really see him having fun with something like this. However, unlike the teasing Cloverfield producer, Guggenheim offers a bit more comfort in his story - "Everything [has] an answer." Come to think of it, maybe Abrams isn't the best guy for the project then.