Image Comics' Area 52 Getting Adapted By Steven C. Miller
by Alex Billington
October 24, 2007
The classic arcade shooter Area 51 is already getting an adaptation, and now so is Area 52. However, Area 52 is no classic arcade shooter, it's a comic book series written by Brian Haberlin and published by Image Comics. Newcomer Steven C. Miller will be directing the adaptation and first-timer Jack Phillips will be writing it for production company Benderspink. You most likely don't know who Miller is, unless you've been following horror festivals. He previously directed a gore-fest titled Automaton Transfusion that is still making its way around fests as we speak.
At a storage facility in Antarctica that houses top-secret alien wares after Nevada's Area 51 is done testing them, an Army nurse must restore order after a mercenary attack has unleashed a menacing terror.
So essentially it's a female-lead Antarctica-based thriller with aliens and "menacing terror". It could be good, or it could be an unsuccessful combination of Whiteout and 28 Weeks Later.
This really doesn't sound like it'll have much to it, unless Miller can bring a unique touch. Considering the hype surrounding his first film, Automaton Transfusion (which got 3.5 out of 5 stars at Bloody-Disgusting.com), it may be possible that Miller could churn out an interesting film. If you can stomach large amounts of gore and want to get a taste of what Miller has done, then head over to this photo gallery from Automaton Transfusion and enjoy!
I remember reading this comic book miniseries a few years back. It's not exactly a thriller... ok, yes it's whiteout meets 28 weeks later but full of comedy and riot... there's an alien but the catch is, since they store lot's of hardware, alien, magic or otherwise from area 51 (and some other places, i.e. some misterious warehouse seen at the end of a film starring a certain Dr. Jones) one of the main catches is they use those incredible gadgets to fight off the menace... but more than a thriller it's a comedy... really fun as I remember, really fun. Could make quite a good film.
Cereal Killer on Oct 24, 2007
This was a fun but short comic series from back in the day. If there's still thought of making it into a movie then I'd suggest playing up on the humor and exotic weaponry that was shown in the last issue or two. Don't go completely off the wall goofball comedy, stick to the geek audience.
Donald on Nov 17, 2010
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