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.