SDCC 2019 Spoilers follows.
Avengers Endgame’s Joe and Anthony Russo Brothers On Live-Action Grimjack, Battle Of The Planets and Possibly Magic The Gathering?!
…the siblings have also acquired the rights to the mid-80s comic Grimjack. Don’t recognize the name? Allow us to acquaint you.
Based on the graphic novel from John Ostrander and Tim Truman, this would be the big-screen debut for the First Comics / IDW character, a troubled fighter who deals with Shakespearean levels of family drama. His adventures included arena combat as a youth, magic-wielding, battles against Hell and a complicated escape from Heaven, plus clones, gatorlizards, sentient robots and more. Gimme this movie now!
Here’s the official synopsis:
Grimjack is the story of mercenary and his crew who are forced to dig into their own pasts when Grimjack’s estranged teenage daughter comes to him looking for help. This will take them through the insane streets of Cynosure, a mysterious city where all parallel universes intersect. There, this unlikely team fights to save not just themselves, but all the planes of existence as we know it.
This synopsis sounds like it’ll focus on the adult years of Grimjack, also known as John Gaunt, though there’s always the possibility that we’ll see flashbacks of his traumatic childhood.
“It’s an animated project with the potential to spin it off into live-action,” said Joe Russo. “It’s a game we love — we’re geeks and love Magic: The Gathering and we’re excited to tell stories with it”
Battle of the Planets debuted in 1978, and became one of the first major anime series to reach American audiences. It follows a group of orphans who come together to form G-Force, a defense team tasked with guarding Earth from intergalactic threats. That project, which does not have a writer, is inspired by the Russos’ childhood love of the animated series, which became a TV staple for them.
“This was our favorite cartoon growing up,” Joe Russo said. “I used to race home from school to watch this at 4:00.”
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