Samuel Bayer Directing an Adaptation of Graphic Novel 'Tumor'

October 13, 2010
Source: Variety

Tumor / Samuel Bayer

With the mediocre remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street in his rear view mirror and a forthcoming sequel already in the works, director Samuel Bayer already has an eye on moving out of the horror genre. In a report about the launch of a new company called Red Crown Productions, Variety says the new banner already has a frontrunner for its first project with an adaptation of Joshua Hale's graphic novel Tumor, which premiered at Comic-Con this past summer. Apparently Bayer is already attached to direct the story of a failed private detective who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor that causes time-bending hallucinations.

Apparently the graphic novel was the first created for release on Amazon's digital reader The Kindle, so if you feel like picking it up right away, here's the official plot synopsis to help you decide:

Self-characterized “sad sack of shit” Frank Armstrong is an off-the-books PI, semi-retired. In his favored beanery one day, a strong-arm materializes in Frank’s booth with a job offer: find the boss’ daughter, who stole from him to elope with her boyfriend. Then Frank’s bad headache suddenly knocks extra hard, scaring even the muscle across from him. Soon enough, he’s in the hospital with a metastasizing brain tumor. But the daughter looks just like the wife he lost 20 years ago, blown away by her father as Frank fears this girl will be. With the girl’s help, he crashes out of the hospital and keeps her moving for her own safety while he figures out how to put her completely out of danger. Meanwhile, the tumor has Frank thinking the girl is his wife and scrambles his sense of past and present.

Sounds like quite an interesting project, and if Bayer's direction of sequences taking place simultaneously in the real world and the dream world A Nightmare on Elm Street are any indicator, then he should have fun with this time scrambling plot element. I'm still waiting for him to really move out of his music video roots with a real film rather than a sloppy horror remake. The project sounds like quite a different endeavor for producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg who has worked on films like The Kids Are All Right and Grace is Gone, but I'm definitely interested so far. How about you?

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Oh man I talked to the creator of Tumor two years ago at NYC Comic con when this was a fledgling comic looking for distribution. No one was at his table and to be quit honest I felt sorry for the guy. Man how things have changed. This is a true testament to the human spirit. Congrats!

jeffrey Lamar on Oct 13, 2010


Having seen what he did with "Nightmare", I can't say I'm feeling a massive rush of enthusiasm......

Nodin on Oct 14, 2010


I picked this up because I liked the idea, but four pages in you knew it was just a movie pitch disguised as a comic book. The art looks like story boards, the high concept is great but then it just plods and plods and goes nowhere and the dialogue is so bad it will make you laugh. It's like a studio executive gave these guys a good idea and told them to pad it out into a graphic novel and then they'd get their Hollywood money so they knocked it out in a weekend.

rob walden on Oct 14, 2010

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