Ennis' Apocalyptic Horror Comic 'Crossed' is Getting Adapted
by Alex Billington
April 16, 2010
Even though we're still waiting to find out how well Kick-Ass does this weekend, it's already started to have an impact on the industry. Variety reports that producers Michael De Luca, Jason Netter and Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Prods are trying to find independent financing for an adaptation of Garth Ennis' apocalyptic horror comic book series Crossed. As you know, Kick-Ass was financed independently by Vaughn and not sold to any studio until it was 100% finished. If it's a big success this weekend (which I think it will be), we might see this development tactic more often, as it gives the filmmakers (not the studio) complete control.
Ennis, who's become a popular writer in Hollywood recently, wrote an early version of the Crossed script that is being shown to prospective directors. The story follows survivors "dealing with a zombie-like plague that causes it victims to carry out their most evil thoughts and wishes, including murder, rape, mutilation, arson" and so on. Sounds like this is a very edgy and violent comic, which is why they need to independently finance this, because there's no way any studio would make this the way they want. It's unfortunate that they have to go to these lengths to adapt a comic, but if the end result produces fantastic movies, then why not.
For now, they're still looking for financing and a director, so we'll keep you updated. I haven't read Crossed or its follow-up series Crossed: Family Values, but it sounds intense. Avatar published a Complete Guide to the Crossed comic which you can check out for an intro. Is anyone out there familiar with the comic?