Hollywood Will Lure You In With an Adaptation of The Piper
by Ethan Anderton
December 2, 2009
One thing that I'm constantly shocked and astounded by are some of the morbid and morally questionable fairy tales, fables, nursery rhymes and legends that children hear at such a young age. Stories like Hansel and Gretel, Three Blind Mice or even the Dr. Seuss story of The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins are surprisingly dark and grim. But now as an adult, I love when someone has the creativity to take these twisted stories and make them even more vicious. Such is the case with THR's report on an adaptation of the comic book The Piper, a twisted, contemporary take on the classic legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
The comic centers on a bullied high school band student who unintentionally channels the spirit of the mysterious Pied Piper and triggers terrifying consequences of his actions beyond his control. Sounds like Carrie meets Bully, and I'm just fine with that. But I'm hoping this won't strike the wrong chord with certain organizations who might be worried for the sake of children whose delicate sensibilities might be affected by violence in schools from bullied kids. Incidents like Columbine and the like are tragedies, and there's no denying the necessity for the safety of our kids, but attempting to shield them from true violence in the world, let alone a fictional comic book scenario would be irresponsible.
Sorry if that was a little too political or deep for an article concerning a comic book adaptation, but I can just hear the complaints already. Anyway, the search is on for writers, so we've got some time to sit on this one for awhile, but you can be sure we'll be highlighting this as the project develops, so stay tuned for updates.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
Get a director, screenwriter, a lead, and a good producer who have balls on this project, it has the potential to be something great.
xerxex on Dec 3, 2009
Whats that shit, the piper with an introduction by the Candyman Tony Todd? whats that go to do with the piper. 😉
Cineprog on Dec 3, 2009
at least it is something different to the usual comic book adaptions,looking forward to seeing more of this one.
tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Dec 3, 2009
Only if Ethan was smart enough as a kid to have read the true fables our "Disney" stories come from. Thank goodness we have these people to come along and...oh, that story was already like that? Well then.........
Tra la la la la di da on Dec 3, 2009
I'd want it to be more twisted if they were doing the piper. I'd keep it in the time period that the original story was set and just have it about a man who travels from town to town kidnapping and killing children. Then go all Freddy Kruger on his ass and have the parents hunt him down in the woods.
DoomCanoe on Dec 3, 2009
so what if the little *****'s hear a scary story? make 'em tougher while they grow up. Nobody seems to care about the actual horrors that are committed every day so why worry about fairy tales?
could give a f*** on Dec 3, 2009
Tra la la la la di da why do you hate on this guy so much? i've seen you more than a few times bash his articles. he seems to do a good job to me, and i'm willing to bet he is a lot better at writing articles than you.
J on Dec 8, 2009
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