Derek Haas & Michael Brandt Writing Alien Legion Adaptation
Some of the biggest news today surrounds a new project in development at Disney with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. It's an adaptation of an epic comic book from the 1980s called Alien Legion that was basically the French Foreign Legion in outer space. Writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, the duo behind 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, and The A-Team, have been writing the screenplay for Bruckheimer. "Think the Creature Cantina goes to war," said Haas of Alien Legion. The French Foreign Legion recruited all sorts of different people and Alien Legion is just like that, except these recruits come from all kinds of different planets.
"Imagine a much grittier Star Trek blended with The Dirty Dozen and Kelly's Heroes. Its popularity is evidenced by it being the longest continuously running series in the history of 1980s Marvel imprint Epic Comics." USA Today recently did a big profile on the comic series, also pointing out that it's being adapted. "Bruckheimer's never done a science-fiction before, so that challenge, I think, is something that would hold his interest. The success they've had with blending CGI and live-action characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean series could translate easily to an Alien Legion film," series creator Carl Potts told USA Today.
As long as this newest version of Alien Legion doesn't get stuck in development hell once again, then not only do I have an upcoming sci-fi project to look forward to, but I've got a comic book series to catch up on over the next few months. I haven't read Alien Legion yet, but it sounds like the kind of comic book I'd love.