Producer Lloyd Levin Picks Up Matt Wagner's 'Mage' Comics
by Alex Billington
August 3, 2010
A little bit of extra comic book news a little past Comic-Con. Variety reports that producer Lloyd Levin (of Hellboy II, Watchmen) has acquired the rights to adapt the Matt Wagner's seminal '80s comic-book Mage. Levin picked up the rights to the 15-book collection that makes up "The Hero Discovered" arc. "It has always been a favorite book of mine," Levin told Variety. "It's one of the great untapped comicbooks from the '80s renaissance that also spawned Watchmen and Batman: Dark Knight." Levin will finance production, as this was originally in development at Spyglass with Zack Snyder, before taking it to a studio to get distribution.
Mage is reinterpretation of the legend of Camelot that follows Kevin Matchstick, an alienated young man who discovers he has superhuman abilities, gains a magic baseball bat and defeats the nefarious plans of a being called the Umbra Sprite. Sounds exciting. "It's a great that Lloyd is taking on this material because his approach (to comic books) is to capture the essence of the original source material," said Wagner. "The timing is good, too, because in the past, (filmmakers) tried to fix the material. Now they try to adhere to the material." Levin hasn't hired a writer yet, but will soon, so I'm sure development will start right away.
Reader Feedback - 3 Comments
"Magic baseball bat"
gonnarentit on Aug 3, 2010
Cannot wait. This is my favorite comic of all time. I grew up reading and re-reading old original issues until they were cotton soft. I hope they capture the magic(no pun intended) of the comics with this!
Scotty97 on Aug 3, 2010
In The past they tried to put the story on screen. However if I did the screen writing, I would add things that were left out? How did Edsel find The Excalibur Bat? What was her full name? And what happened 6 months inbetween the issues #8 & 9? A lot of fans & followers of the series would like to find out. To show Edsel's status as The Lady of The Lake a night at the indoor aquatic center might work & Kevin's fear of heights are stilled in her presence & she may show passionite scenes, but it's business & not pleasure. It will make sure he will accept The Excalibur Bat & immune to The Faerie Mistress when he meets her for the final battle scene & break him in for his future bride, Magda in the second series & also a moment at the ballroom scene where Kevin & Edsel dance in their street attire to classic music of the 50s & 60s were played at proms. Also The Fisher should be seen in 3 scenes. At a bar, at the indoor aquatic center with his driver & the alley way. If I was a screen writer that's what I put down. Edsel's full name is CAROLYN ESTHER WILLIAMS, B. 9/4/1968 - D. 9/15/1986. Marcus Brainard
Marcus Brainard on Nov 4, 2010
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