Brett Ratner Helming Youngblood Comic Adaptation
by Alex Billington
February 8, 2009
Reliance Big Entertainment, the Indian company that just screwed over DreamWorks' funding, has acquired rights to Rob Liefeld's graphic novel Youngblood and has hired Brett Ratner, of Red Dragon, X-Men 3, and the Rush Hour series, to direct the adaptation. RBE paid an excessive mid six figures for the rights and has fast-tracked the project. Youngblood, first published by Image Comics in 1992, is about a superhero team sanctioned and overseen by the US government. "Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and Youngblood is one of the few comic books left with tentpole potential," Ratner told Variety.
The members of Youngblood include Shaft, a former FBI agent and archer whose bow uses magnets to propel its arrow instead of a string; Badrock, a teenager transformed into a living block of stone; Vogue, a Russian fashion model with purple-and-chalk-white skin; and Chapel, a government assassin. "It was a real personal passion project for me, and a lot of people wanted (Youngblood), but the amazing thing about the guys at Reliance is the speed with which they're able to move." No writer has been announced nor has a deal with a studio been arranged, so it will still take a few more months for this project to come together.
Anyone else got that sick feeling that we're going to see a nasty combination of Fantastic Four and X-Men 3 with this adaptation? To be honest, I know nothing about Youngblood, but as cool as it sounds and as good as it may be, I've got a feeling Ratner is going to screw it up as bad as he did X-Men 3. Thoughts?