Brett Ratner Helming Youngblood Comic Adaptation
by Alex Billington
February 8, 2009
Reliance Big Entertainment, the Indian company that just screwed over DreamWorks' funding, has acquired rights to Rob Liefeld's graphic novel Youngblood and has hired Brett Ratner, of Red Dragon, X-Men 3, and the Rush Hour series, to direct the adaptation. RBE paid an excessive mid six figures for the rights and has fast-tracked the project. Youngblood, first published by Image Comics in 1992, is about a superhero team sanctioned and overseen by the US government. "Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and Youngblood is one of the few comic books left with tentpole potential," Ratner told Variety.
The members of Youngblood include Shaft, a former FBI agent and archer whose bow uses magnets to propel its arrow instead of a string; Badrock, a teenager transformed into a living block of stone; Vogue, a Russian fashion model with purple-and-chalk-white skin; and Chapel, a government assassin. "It was a real personal passion project for me, and a lot of people wanted (Youngblood), but the amazing thing about the guys at Reliance is the speed with which they're able to move." No writer has been announced nor has a deal with a studio been arranged, so it will still take a few more months for this project to come together.
Anyone else got that sick feeling that we're going to see a nasty combination of Fantastic Four and X-Men 3 with this adaptation? To be honest, I know nothing about Youngblood, but as cool as it sounds and as good as it may be, I've got a feeling Ratner is going to screw it up as bad as he did X-Men 3. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
This man needs to just quit..
CSpuppydog on Feb 8, 2009
A thought -- how about coming up with a new superhero idea instead of raping every comic book on the market? That's just me tho.
Fuelbot on Feb 8, 2009
AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Ratner + Liefeld = Shit sandwich. These two hacks deserve each other!
Tom Brazelton on Feb 8, 2009
This is a sign studios are getting desperate, very desperate for comic movies. 3-4 more years of comic movies and in a sad way they will be done. Movies like this are coffin nails.
J.White on Feb 8, 2009
What really let Xmen3 down was the writing. The story and script absolutely sucked and I dont think Ratner can be held 100% accountable for the entire shitstorm.
Berko on Feb 8, 2009
Tentpole potential? Maybe for 11 yr old boys, 13 years ago.
Jimbo Slims on Feb 8, 2009
Hopefully like everything else attached to Liefeld's name this will never, ever get made.
Kyle Peterson on Feb 9, 2009
looking at how the things are going, they will get into a tie up with FOX ... so that tom rothman can mastrubate to this
evilnik on Feb 9, 2009
"Reliance Big Entertainment, the Indian company that just screwed over DreamWorks' funding" Alex do you even understand business???? The Reliance deal ALWAYS asked for DWK to match their level of funding before the deal went through. It is Spielberg who is screwing over everyone by being such a greedy bastard and now screwing over Universal even after all they have done for him. If Reliance (and Disney) for that matter had a clue they would both get out of working with Spielberg cos that guy only cares about making money for himself and only himself. Paramount are VERY lucky that Spielberg and Snider left them - it was a great deal for DWK but they got too greedy ditched Paramount and are now feeling the strain. And to those of you that are defending Spielberg don't you think its funny how a man worth many billions wont even get his own company to finance Tintin? And how a man who is screwing over Universal cos they cant stump up the $150m he needs yet still demands $50m a year from them for Theme Park royalties? Mark my words DWK will either be dead or a niche production company within 5 years. Jeffrey Katzenberg was very wise to remove DWK Animation from DWK and now even Geffen is trying to distance himself from the company - that tells you everything you need to know.
SKD on Feb 9, 2009
No thank you.
Fisherr on Feb 9, 2009
The comic book in the pic above is probably the last comic I bought as a teen. I still have it (in plastic, of course). I see nothing but bad things happening with Ratner directing. After X-Men III, I lost any hope that he could make a good comic book movie, and I blame Bryan Singer for leaving it to him. Superman Returns sucked too. Youngblood was a pretty cool comic, but I can't see it getting much attention in theaters. I love comic book movies as much as anyone, but there's just too many being made. Not all have the potential to be The Dark Knight. As a matter of fact; none do.
TCox on Feb 9, 2009
"Most of the great graphic novels are gone, and Youngblood is one of the few comic books left with tentpole potential," Ratner told Variety. Please!!!!!!!! Does this guy even read comics? Well at least this idea and Youngblood (Liefeld) has one thing in common...... no originality.
Omega728 on Feb 9, 2009
This is only going to stunt the growth of comic books gaining legitimacy.
joe on Feb 9, 2009
i agree with numer 1
harlem shake on Feb 9, 2009
No idea what that comic is to be honest.. Wonder why all these comic movies are being done now :/ Getting tired of them.
max on Feb 9, 2009
Woo... way to plagiarize Wikipedia word for word.
Luis M on Feb 9, 2009
Yeah, this is a bottom of the barrel franchise. I wouldn't be surprised if this goes straight to DVD if it ever gets made.
Jim on Feb 9, 2009
Any comicbook movie is a good thing. I have Youngblood number 1, doese anyone know if its worth anything?
dac_fan on Feb 9, 2009
How do these guys keep getting hired?? You'd think with the economic crunch they'd hire an up-and-coming director. Feels like the overall fanbase opinion never gets heard from the upper tier of production companies. whateverrrr
Nick Sears on Feb 9, 2009
I agree with #13. Dac_fan: All those comics from the nineties aren't worth much of anything b/c their sales schemes don't add up in the supply-demand equation. There were WAY too many crappy comics and there is absolutely no demand for them or their ilk today. At least by anyone worth a damn. The beauty of using graphic novels for films is easy to see - compelling, risk taking writers have teamed w/ artists' visions for the past century, giving film-makers and fans what they've been looking for: imaginative romps of informed, intelligent fantasy that's both generally appealing a broad audience, and specifically appealing to fans. Youngblood is neither, even if you made a cartoon of it. See: WildC.A.T.S. No graphic novels? Even if Image is his boundary of taste there are plenty of better choices (ALL of which the RATT should STAY AWAY FROM). How about the MAXX? Even Pitt is more appealing. The Infinite Horizon (award winning take on the Odyssey, retold after the Iraq war). Rattner is only providing fodder for us all to demand he cease and desist making movies altogether. I sincerely hope he cooperates.
Jimbo Slims on Feb 9, 2009
Correction: Infinite Horizon is Eisner NOMINATED.
Jimbo Slims on Feb 9, 2009
Really? Someone took at look at everything that Rob L. ripped off of every other comic book from Marvel and DC, read it, and said: "Yeah, this is a good idea." Wow. Man, I don't know how Rob Liefeld does it, but he must have a snake charmer's tongue. Amazing. The comic (and the art in it, ugh) is crummy. Not worth a read. A movie based on it? I don't see why.
CMK on Feb 9, 2009
no,someone stop this man now he fucked up x-men 3 he will fuck up another comic book movie.thank you brett wanker i mean brett ratner.(i would rather see spawn reboot,wildcats & wetworks movies instead.)
zetsu on Feb 9, 2009
What a F%@king idiot. Tentpole potential. Youngblood sucks as a comic. The only thing good about this comic is the art, not the writting. Most of the comics were barely readable. He just wasted his money
crabby on Feb 9, 2009
I hope all of the characters don't have crazy squinty eyes like in the comics. Please donate to fight Youngbloods disease.
Ajax on Feb 9, 2009
Kill me now.
bladerunnerF1 on Feb 9, 2009
The only thing good about the book, was that Chapel killed Al Simmons (aka) Spawn. I wonder if they'll hint at that, if it even gets made....
Ross on Feb 10, 2009
Source? I see quotes from Variety and Wikipedia
Mike @ Paramount on Feb 10, 2009
wow...that book was crappy when it came out! Studios picking crappy comics to make movies are going to kill the chances of the better books!! crappy comic = crappy movie
lando on Feb 10, 2009
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