McQuarrie to Write/Direct 'Rubicon' - Seven Samurai with Navy SEALs
Time for some multiplatform goodness. Deadline reports that a new project is developing titled Rubicon that will be a graphic novel, video game and movie. The concept, as mentioned in the headline, is indeed The Seven Samurai, set in Afghanistan, with Navy SEALs as the heroes and Taliban the villains. Producing is Mark Long and Dan Capel, and they've brought on writer-turned-filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie to not only write the script, but also produce and direct whenever this gets made. The news was revealed at the New York Comic-Con this weekend, and we've got the link to preview the first 11 pages if you're interested.
"The three of us wanted to do a SEAL project, Dan was a founding member of SEAL Team Six and Chris' brother commanded a team, but we wanted a new way in to the world of Tier One operators," producer Mark Long said, who added that their intention with Rubicon is to "explore the true nature of war, for both its heroes and its victims." McQuarrie is currently gearing up to shoot One Shot with Tom Cruise, his second feature following directing The Way of the Gun in 2000. McQuarrie's comments: "I've always been fascinated with Navy SEALs in general and their role in Afghanistan in particular. With Rubicon, Mark Long and Dan Capel have created the perfect environment for an intense action franchise." That certainly seems to be the case, especially with some of the great comic imagery they're already showing off for this.
Speaking of, you can go to this Rubicon Tumblr blog to see the first 11 pages from the comic. Rubicon is a "transmedia project" produced by Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Long and Dan Capel, with art by Mario Stilla and lettering by Sean Konot. The plot from there: Five paramilitary Navy SEAL operators defend the residents of a remote mountain farming village in Afghanistan from attacks by marauding Taliban. Led by the war weary Hector, the operators and villagers form mutual bonds of honor and respect leading up to a climactic battle where the "Lions of Panjshir" are desperately outnumbered. This sounds awesome and we'll definitely be keeping an eye on it. In the meantime, be on the lookout for the comic hitting first.