DreamWorks Animation to Adapt Oni Press Comic 'Maintenance'
As we said with the news that DreamWorks Animation is working on a CG/hand-drawn hybrid project, the animation house is looking to step up its game with some very original upcoming projects. Heat Vision reports they've picked up rights to Maintenance, an Oni Press comic book that follows the exploits of two janitors who work for TerroMax Inc, the world's biggest evil science think tank. When they're not dealing with toxic spill monsters and menial time machine repairs, they have to contend with their boss, a multitude of mad scientists, jetpack cavemen, alien repomen, and the cute girl who works at reception. Sounds crazy!
Maintenance: It's A Dirty Job was written by Jim Massey and illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez (visit its Oni Press page). The adaptation was originally in the works at Warner Bros as a live-action project for McG to direct, but for some odd reason the studio dropped the project (probably based on Oni comic Scott Pilgrim's unfortunate failure at the box office) and now DreamWorks Animation swooped in to pick it up. This sounds like it could be pretty damn fun to see as an animated movie, I just hope DreamWorks gets a great team of developers to work on it and not mush it into the dull and predictable DreamWorks movies we usually see.