The Losers trailer arrives, director talks adaptation
As soon as I saw that The Losers comic was being turned into a film I was interested. After all Peter Berg was co-writing, along with James Vanderbilt, and directing. Then, after he wrote it, he pulled out and a new director was sought. It passed through various hands including McG's, and finally ended up with Sylvain White. I was disheartened, even disappointed. After all he had directed I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer and Stomp the Yard.
Hopes were raised ever so slightly with the cast and some photos. A great cast who could act, and the photography was screaming the comic book right at me. Still, White stood in the way for me. Then, today, I watched the trailer, and I may just have to eat all my words when I see the film, if the trailer holds up that is.
The film carries Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the leader Clay, Chris Evans as the technical wizard Jensen, Óscar Jaenada as the sniper Cougar, Columbus Short as pilot Pooch, Idris Elba as Rogue, and Holt McCallany as Wade. That's The Losers for you.
Early on we find out that they are a team of secretive operatives who hire themselves out, working for the CIA they complete a mission and are targeted by their bosses for execution. Betrayed, taken for dead, and just managing to survive, they meet up with Aisha, played by Zoe Saldana, who promises them a way to find Max, played by Jason Patric, the CIA agent who hired them, set them up, and targeted them for death.
She gets them back into the country and they begin their infiltration of the CIA to find Max and kill him. The problem is that he's in deep and there's a conspiracy that runs high, and the Losers must take on the entire CIA to get to him.
So that's your story, and it seems to have kept pretty close to the original comic, but what about the trailer? Well I have to say that it looks wonderful. I was amazed. There are so many sections that come right out of the comic book, and while some might think that could be a bad thing, the comic was so cinematic anyway I think it's a great thing, as long as they change the ultimate set-up, for it is a little fantastical.
Let's just leap straight into the trailer from MSN through Coming Soon.
Well? What did you think?
”When I first read the screenplay, what struck me, the initial spark, was the opportunity for a really interesting mix of tones. It struck me almost as a comedy disguised in an action film. I felt recently there had been a lot of action movies that embrace grittiness and realness but also fall into a very straight and dark tone, generally. I thought here there was a really interesting balance drawn from the 2004 and 2005 [comics] reinventions of ‘The Losers’ that had hard, gritty action with a fun, light tone.”
Wow, I have to say all that sounds spot on. I think he's captured exactly what I pulled from the comic, and my view is being turned round dramatically. He then went on to talk about Zoe Saldana in the role of Aisha, and again describes the character I was expecting to see for her.
”She is incredible in this film and she had already shown that she can really handle the drama, and with this she shows how great she is with the intense action stuff and there's a great balance that she brings. Her character brings a lot of the controversy to the plot and drama to the plot, but at the same time she is the savior. She is probably the hardest fighter of them all too. Instead of the damsel in distress, she's the one that gives the call to action. She's the one that gives them the opportunity to redeem themselves.”
Okay, so after that trailer and those comments, I'm on board for the film version. I really do hope that this isn't just clever edited pulling in together the best parts of the film and that he really has delivered a very strong Losers film. Not because I want it to beat The A-Team, I actually want that to do well too, but that I want a great Losers film.