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Rex Mundi: The Movie

A Rex Mundi film adaptation has been slithering its way through the pipes of Hollywood for a few years. I'm sort of gobsmacked at how far it's come. We have a home at Warner Brothers, and Johnny Depp is producing and set to star in the movie.

I'm sometimes asked if I'm afraid Rex Mundi will be "ruined". No, sir. The comic is there for all to see. And Rex Mundi is almost a thousand pages long. A "faithful" adaptation would be six hours long, you couldn't watch it without a catheter and a steady IV drip of glucose and caffeine. In fact, I'd be worried if the producers didn't want to change things.

Right now we're at work on the screenplay. As of right now (April ’11) a new writing team is on board, with a very interesting angle on the story, one I wanted to explore more in the comic, but I didn't have the space (or an excuse).

The Hollywood Reporter made an official announcement today, revealing the heretofore secret identity of the writers. I don't want to leech traffic from THR since it was their "exclusive", so head over there for the nitty gritty.

updated 04.20.11

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  1. While it’s not the exact same genre or character type, I recently rewatched the underrated film The Ninth Gate (based off the very excellent book The Club Dumas) and it only solidified my excitement for Johnny Depp as Sauniere. He is great in mystery/thrillers.

    Also, having just seen Sherlock Holmes and rewatched Sunshine, I think Mark Strong would make a great Lorraine. Not that I have any say in casting, but he can pull off bald, authority, and charm rather well.

  2. Ah, Perez-Reverte! The thinking man’s Dan Brown. I loved The Club Dumas. Never saw the movie, but it looks like Roman Polanski directed it–who knew? And the actress who played “The Girl” is his wife. She looks very different from how I imagined the character in the book.

    I’m looking forward to the new Sherlock Holmes. I love Guy Ritchie. But Jeremy Brett will forever be The Sleuth of Baker Street in my heart. Really, if you haven’t seen the 80s BBC Sherlock Holmes TV series, it’s the best.

    Mark Strong is a handsome bald man!

  3. Rob! Happy New Year! Any more to say in the new year about the movie or Mr. Depp? Congratulations on making a name for yourself. Hope you’re doing well!

  4. Oi! Nick! Happy New Year! Long time, no viddy, droogie!

    Sigh, nothing I can say… publicly. It’s still trudging on, though! Do you ever get to the East Coast? How are your little Vikings?

  5. Yeah, long time! I check in on the Rex Mundi movie status every now and then—comics were great and the thought of Depp playing Sauniere is pretty slick. I’d see that movie in a heartbeat.

    East coast doesn’t happen much, but occasionally I’m out that way for a visit to the family or for a conference or auto show. Shoot me an email so that I have your email address and phone number and I’ll give you a ring next time I’m out that way.

  6. I love it when there’s new movie news :)

  7. Arvid, Johnny Depp is a lucky dude to have your creative powers within his reach!

  8. Rex Mundi movie still on? I check in every now and then but info for awhile. Any updates. Thanks

  9. Alas, alack, things seem to have slowed down considerably. Rex Mundi is very much in the danger zone of “Development Hell”, which is really more like “Development Limbo”, in which producers, executives and everybody with their fingers on the purse strings are having a hard time coming to grips with how to jump from page to screen.

    Part of the problem is that things NEVER really die in Hollywood, they just sort of wander off into the woods and disappear like wounded elephants. Now don’t get me wrong – SOMEtimes those elephants return in glory and triumph to become leaders of their herd. But sometimes they don’t.

    So not all hope is lost, but I’ve stopped crossing my fingers and holding my breath a long time ago. I wish I had more positive news to report, but even if nothing more ever happens with Rex Mundi, I feel great about how I’ve been treated by everybody up and down the line, especially Peter and Alan Riche, two of the producers, and Sam Sarkar, the producer at Infinitum Nihil.

    If there’s news to report, I’ll scream it at the top of my lungs! But sadly, for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t seem very likely.


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