Seth Green Looking to Direct Freshmen Adaptation
Remarkably, actor Seth Green is still out there, starring in the occasional comedy, writing the ocassional comic book, and churning out new episodes of "Robot Chicken" and "Family Guy." Now he's going to finally take the next step into directing and plans to adapt his own comic book Freshmen that he co-started with Hugh Sterbakov. Published by Top Cow, the comic book is described as "Revenge of the Nerds meets X-Men" and is about the adventures of 14 college freshman outcasts who gain extraordinary powers in an "ax-cell-erator" explosion and decide to become superheroes. Green told Moviehole recently that "we conceived [Freshmen] as a feature" and "that'll be the movie that I direct." Sound like a good idea?
Green elaborated on the story a bit further. "It's kids in their first year of college, their first days of college, leaving the nest for the first time, awkwardly discovering their own identifies, trying to cast off all the things that have been placed on them throughout their scholastic career, and define their own identity in college." After being put into temporary housing in the science building, they end up with "borderline useless superpowers. So now in addition to being these outcasts of the outcasts, they are additionally alienated, with a physical deformity." Sounds a bit sad, but they later get convinced to become superheroes and presumably kick some ass. Both volumes of Freshmen can be picked up from Amazon.
The adaptation is currently being written and Green assures us that it'll be made "when it's ready," although he'll need the support of a studio. "My estimation is to make this movie the way we want to make it, we'll need independent financing. But the nice thing about independent financing is -- a small-budget film is $35 million these days. And that's about what we'd need to make it." Sounds like it could be a fun little flick, although I'm worried it'll be turned into the next PG-13 cheesy college comedy, which is not what I want to see. Yet again, this is one of those comics that I haven't heard much about, so I can't speak for the source material. I can voice my concern about Seth Green directing a movie though! Thoughts?