Warren Ellis' Sci-Fi Comic 'Ocean' Being Adapted
by Alex Billington
June 6, 2008
I'm not expecting too many people to be familiar with a comic miniseries titled Ocean. First published in 2004 and 2005 and written by Warren Ellis, the comic is now being adapted into a feature film. Why is this interesting news? The concept is ridiculously cool and worth mentioning. The story revolves around the discovery of thousands of coffins containing angel-like bodies and a giant weapon of mass destruction beneath the ice on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. A UN weapons inspector is sent to investigate the find, teaming with a space station crew, when a powerful conglomerate moves in to exploit the discovery. If you're a big sci-fi fan like me, you probably just felt a tingle down your spine. Although no big names have been attached yet, this seems like the beginning of something incredible.
Warner Brothers is developing the adaptation of Ocean with Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari, who produced Alexander, The Departed, and 300. Newcomer Ryan Condal has been hired to write the script. Nunnari is a strong producer and has the right attitude to bring this comic series to the screen in the best way. I'm not even that concerned about staying that close to the story in the comic, because the concept on a whole has so many vast possibilities. I'm really just mesmerized by the story and intrigued by the questions that arise surrounding these coffins. Who are the people in them and why was Europa their graveyard? I'll definitely be keeping my eye on this one and will be sure to report back on any updates I come across.
You can pick up a complete graphic novel containing the entire series on Amazon.com. Has anyone read it? How much more to the story is there besides what was mentioned above?
I've read it. I'm a huge fan of Warren Ellis, but Ocean is definitely not anywhere near his best work. When I first heard Ocean had been optioned, my thoughts were, "Ocean? Really?" It doesn't have enough meat on its bones, methinks, for a full-length movie.
Colin (brother of Mike) Hunt on Jun 6, 2008
It's an atrocious rip-off of 2010, DAYLIGHT and something else (I can't remember). The art's good. Sam Jackson plays the lead.
Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 6, 2008
Andrew, No, not Jackson. There's another male black actor that fits the description a lot better, but I can't think of his name. But it'll probably still be Jackson.
Chris @ ComicHacks.com on Jun 6, 2008
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