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Superheroes are great and all, and their stories are often ideal for big screen adaptation, but when it comes to graphic novels, superheroes aren't the only game in town. Case in point, Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko crafted a highly-acclaimed noir comic in 1998's 'Torso.' Published by Image Comics, 'Torso' is based on the story of a serial killer operating in Cleveland from 1934 to 1938. Eliot Ness, post-Capone, takes on the case as he was working as the city's Safety Director at the time. For many years, practically since its publication, Hollywood has been trying to adapt the graphic novel for the screen, and now it looks like it's back in production. David Lowery, who made a substantial splash at Sundance with his film 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' has been tapped to write and direct the big screen version of 'Torso.' Though it was at one time a Paramount project, with David Fincher slated to direct and Matt Damon attached to star, this time around the production is taking a more indie approach; working with Circle of Confusion, the company behind AMC's 'The Walking Dead.'
Holy cadavers, how have I not read this book?! I've been hearing my more comic-literate chums talk about 'Torso' for ages, but I've foolishly failed to seek it out. As a true crime buff, and a big fan of arty serial killer films, 'Torso' sounds like it would be right up my alley; admittedly a scary alley to walk down, but there we are. I like that they are working outside of the big studio system on this, especially given that part of the reason 'Torso' fell apart at Paramount is that they balked at David Fincher wanting to shoot in black-and-white, which is an idiotic reservation considering that's exactly how the comic was printed. I haven't seen 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' but the reaction out of Sundance was overwhelmingly positive. So much so that Lowery as already lined up work writing Disney's 'Pete's Dragon' remake and also teaming up with Robert Redford for 'The Old Man and the Gun.' I'm really interested to see who they cast to play Ness, and how working with the company behind 'The Walking Dead' may enhance the gory effects necessary to tell a story like this.
What do you guys think? Are you excited 'Torso' is being adapted? How do you feel about the production taking a more indie route?