BenderSpink Adapting Prohibition Era Sci-Fi Turf War Comics 'Turf'

December 5, 2011
Source: Deadline

Turf Comic

It is high time for comic book adaptations they're getting picked up all over, even after Cowboys & Aliens. Deadline reports that production company BenderSpink (A History of Violence, Red Eye, The Hole, Leap Year, Arthur) has picked up options to adapt the Image Comics series Turf, written by Jonathan Ross, illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards. Instead of mixing just two genres, this time they mix three - 1920s prohibition era gangsters (which is when this is set), vampires (not the Joss Whedon kind), and aliens, all fighting for turf (oh my!). I haven't read the comic, but it looks quite interesting, just from the covers alone.

The gangs of New York are either dead or in hiding. The cops are on their way to tackle the Dragonmirs, a family of blood drinking Strigoli (that's vampire to you and me) from Romania. But the bloodsuckers have set up a little reception party for the Cops on Brooklyn Bridge, and things don't look too good for New York's finest. Mankind's last hopes rest with former Gang Boss Eddie Falco, now telepathically linked with the Alien Squeed from Anth. Together they head to Harlem, where they must persuade The Reverend Samuel King and his men to join with them and confront the monstrous threat that the Dragonmirs are re-awakening… the first vampire, the 'man-killer'… 'the Old One!' (Via)

That almost sounds too insanely goofy and comic-oriented to work as a movie, but I'm sure they'll try to get someone to adapt into something manageable for the big screen. No writer or director is attached yet, but BenderSpink, run by Chris Bender and J.C. Spink, will be developing it from here. The Turf comic is set during the 1920s Prohibition Era New York, introducing cops and gangsters and vampires and aliens and all kinds of craziness. For more info or to pick up a few issues, visit Image Comics' website or buy the hardcover on Amazon. It sounds like this will be in the works for a while, so might as well start reading the series first.

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Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011


Man Jonny Ross and his wife are rolling with the movies eh? He's a proper comic geek, but I dunno, he has fairly odd tastes sometimes. I will look out the comic if I can. I always remember 'The incredibly Strange Film Show' he presented when I was a kid, that introduced me to The Seven Golden Vampires and that cemented my love for trashy movies forever.

Crapola on Dec 5, 2011


Sounds silly.

Deathstar on Dec 5, 2011


It's almost there. You just need to add zombies, pirates, werewolves, ninjas, robots and cowboys.

Unsolicited on Dec 6, 2011

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