Stalked: Gungrave, Lone Wolf, Magdalena, Ninja Turtles
This is a special comic edition of Stalked, and that's no surprise considering there's a Comic-Con under way, with news on four comic related films...well two with one video game and one game book series adaptation.
There's news on a film of the Top Cow character Magdalena, of Gungrave the PS2 game, Lone Wolf the game book series, and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gains a writer.
Magdalena is from Top Cow Productions and tells the story of the female descendants of the wife of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, who have special powers and who's job it is to protect the Catholic Church.
Each daughter is raised by the Church and brought up to be the next protector, carrying out missions for the Inquisition, there is one per generation, just like Buffy.
The character has the power to see into the soul of a person and to show them the error of their ways and give them a chance to redeem themselves and rid themselves of their sins. She also carries the Spear of Destiny, the one that was used against Christ.
It's an interesting background, more of which you can read elsewhere, and the news from The Hollywood Reporter is that the film is moving into production with Ryuhei Kitamura set to direct and Holly Brix writing the adaptation. Kitamura directing Versus and Brix wrote The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations.
Gungrave is a PlayStation 2 game that sees a one time leader of an organised crime gang murdered by his best friend and resurrected as a supernatural creature who is intent on having his revenge on the ones that killed him. It was not only a game but also an animated series.
It is set to be produced alongside Lone Wolf, the adaptation of the game book series from Joe Dever which sees the character of Lone Wolf, the last of his caste of warrior monks called Kai Lords who is involved in a massive fight between the forces of good and evil for control of the planet. Both stories comes from Variety.
Finally news came from Variety the other day that John Fusco is on board to write the new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Fusco has written The Forbidden Kingdom, Hidalgo, DreamKeeper, Loch Ness, Thunderheart and both Young Guns, and in production he has the remake of The Seven Samurai, so it's an interesting list of films behind him. Apparently he'll incorporate elements from the original comics and this new film will become an origins film, showing us how they came to be once again.