WATCHMEN Writer David Hayter Adapting Image Comics Series THE SWORD

Watchmen and X-2 writer David Hayter has been tasked with penning the screenplay for Lakeshore's planned big screen adaptation of Jonathan and Joshua Luna's graphic novel The Sword. Hit the jump for further details!

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By Josh Wilding - 7/8/2013

It was revealed back in February that Lakeshore Entertainment had decided to adapt The Sword - a 24 issue series published by Image Comics - but now Watchmen and X-2 scrib David Hayter has been brought in to write the adaptation. As the site points out, the story "follows Dara Brighton, a young paraplegic who leads an ordinary existence until her family is brutally murdered by a mysterious trio, possessed of god-like, supernatural abilities. Left for dead, Dara discovers her father's ancient sword that not only restores her ability to walk, but grants her a constantly evolving array of spectacular physical powers. With her new weapon in hand, and two faithful friends at her side, Dara embarks on a journey to hunt down and destroy her family’s assassins." Split into four separate volumes, there is definite franchise potential here and production is set to begin early next year. "David has a proven track record of bringing the multifaceted, beloved characters of graphic novels to mainstream audiences and we’re excited that he’ll be joining us for 'The Sword,'" said Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg. "Lakeshore has a history of delivering large-scale genre films at a budget that enables our international independent distributors to participate, and 'The Sword' will provide that opportunity."
Source: The Wrap
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SpectacularJoShFest - 7/8/2013, 10:57 AM
=)
thewonderer - 7/8/2013, 11:00 AM
This guy has talent.
JoeMomma29 - 7/8/2013, 11:01 AM
=(
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 7/8/2013, 11:03 AM
Ohhhh..... Okay. I was thinking of a different Hayter, nevermind.

tazmaniak - 7/8/2013, 11:07 AM
Why is it so hard to call a comic book a comic book? The Sword was a monthly comic book series, not a graphic novel.

This isn't directed at Josh, but the person who wrote the article on The Wrap and all others. It seems like people who write these articles, as well as people in the film/TV industry are so put off by the concept of a comic book that they will only use the term "graphic novel" because it supposedly sounds more respectable. It's a little annoying and it sometimes makes them sound like they don't really know what they're talking about.

The article says it's a graphic novel divided into 4 volumes, as if it was published as a 4-part graphic novel. No, it's a comic book series that was collected into 4 volumes, which then makes it the same format as a graphic novel.

Anyway, it's not that big a deal, but I get a little tired of constantly seeing that.
WruceBayne - 7/8/2013, 11:27 AM
@Levi
An Image cinematic universe would be sweet.

This movie won't happen anytime soon. This is one of those cases where a production company jumped on a chance to snatch up a property before anybody else can get it. This won't make it past the outline stages.
kenny38606 - 7/8/2013, 11:29 AM
@LEVITIKUZ, an Image Cinematic Universe could never happen, and it's not simply because of McFarlane.

Look at DC and Marvel. All the DC properties are owned by WB and all but 3 of the Marvel properties are owned by Disney/Marvel Studios and would be produced by those companies. That makes it easy to created a shared universe.

That's a problem for Image. Image isn't owned by any film studio, which means the film properties would not be under one studio.

And here's the biggest problem. Unlike DC and Marvel, Image is a creator owned publisher. Their properties aren't owned by the company, but individual creators. Invincible, Youngblood, Savage Dragon, Spawn, ect.

That's the impossible hurdle. First you'd have to find a studio willing to take on all those properties and then said studio would have to work out individual deals with each creator in order to secure the characters. That's a tricky thing, trying to be a shared universe with numerous individually licensed characters.

You have to make sure every creator stays onboard and doesn't decide not to renew the license for their character or that universe could fall apart. There's the issue of having to pay multiple creators if you want multiple licensed characters to appear in the same movie. That's a problem WB and Marvel Studios don't have because the6y own the properties.

I think the only Image Cinematic Universe we're likely to see is one that's based around an individual creator's characters. You might see a shared universe featuring Robert Kirkman characters or Rob Liefeld (God help us) or any of the other Image guys. But it doesn't seem likely all those creator owned properties could ever be secured by a single studio and put into a shared universe.
sarahsatire - 7/8/2013, 11:58 AM
Wow, this is unexpected. I like it.
jcfrommars9 - 7/8/2013, 12:16 PM
I heard about this last year. I can only say bring it.
TheOneAboveAll - 7/8/2013, 12:21 PM
I forgot that the voice of Solid Snake and Big Boss was the writer of Watchmen and X-2...
SonGoku - 7/8/2013, 4:37 PM
Solid Snake is a writer?
sameoldthing - 7/8/2013, 4:37 PM
There is a band called THE SWORD.
I recommend people listen to them if you enjoy stoner rock jams.
Very cool music,guys actually know how to play instruments unlike some other "musicians ".

Never read The Sword comic book..art looked very weak.
cultura - 7/8/2013, 5:13 PM
The Sword is an awesome comic! Glad to hear that someone's trying to do an adaptation but the story gets real heavy at times which is a good thing (the Luna Brothers are good at doing heavy themed stories, "Girls" is a good example). I wonder if they'll keep or change some of the key plot points?
ISeeStupidPeople - 7/8/2013, 6:55 PM
[frick] YES. Luna Brothers for the mother[frick]ing win. Girls next please.

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