Nicolas Winding Refn To Adapt THE INCAL

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn reveals that he'll direct an adaptation of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’ extremely influential graphic novel, The Incal.

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By Mark Julian - 6/12/2013

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn quietly announced at last month's Cannes Film Festival that he's working on an adaptation of the graphic novel, The Incal. However, word has just finally made it's way over to the US. Chances are that if you're young or youngish, you're most likely unaware of the incredibly influential sci-fi comic book series that debuted in 1981. To add some context in many ways, The Incal is similar to John Carter or Neuromancer, in that its a trailblazer of its genre that's seen many of its concepts and ideas utilized in other, more recognizable works of fiction. If you're looking for a point of reference for The Incal, think The Fifth Element (coincidentally the creators sued the producers of The Fifth Element for infringement). Many have speculated previously that The Incal is an unfilmable piece of literary fiction.
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The Incal is a set of science fiction comic book series written in French by Alejandro Jodorowsky and illustrated by Moebius and others.The story begins in the dystopian capital city of an insignificant planet in a human-dominated galactic empire. (The Bergs, aliens who resemble featherless birds and reside in a neighboring galaxy, make up another power bloc.) DiFool receives the Light Incal, a crystal of enormous powers, from a dying Berg. The Incal is then sought by many factions: the Bergs; the corrupt and decadent government of the great pit-city; the rebel group Amok; and the Church of Industrial Saints (commonly referred to as the Techno-Technos or the Technopriests), a sinister technocratic cult which worships the Dark Incal. Animah (an allusion to anima), the keeper of the Light Incal, seeks it as well.

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ABLEE337 - 6/12/2013, 7:05 PM
Moebius, love his stuff.
dellamorte1872 - 6/12/2013, 7:14 PM
Demographics. Boycotting works, show companies how you feel and don't buy or endorse whatever they do
dellamorte1872 - 6/12/2013, 7:15 PM
For example don't buy MA I won't be hahahaha send the message that way. By your economical frugalness
BezierCurve - 6/12/2013, 7:20 PM
The staggering implication is that one of the main characters is The Metabaron.
The [frick]ing METABARON! As depicted by Refn. I might swoon.

J0RELLC00LJ - 6/12/2013, 7:26 PM
Cool, love the films he's done so far.
AsianVersionOfET - 6/12/2013, 7:45 PM
Whooaaaaahhh....what?
mk - 6/12/2013, 8:42 PM
Ryan Gosling for the lead? Im excited for his next project already hype up for Only God Forgives.. dunno anything about INCAL at all
PapaEmeritusIII - 6/12/2013, 8:51 PM
Moebius was a true master, Nic Refn is a very talented director. Would love to see him directing a Wonder Woman movie.
JohnnyCloud - 6/12/2013, 8:53 PM
Please leave Moebius's work alone!
It should be protected like the Grand Canyon.
There is no film maker yet born who could adapt him for the screen.
[frick] off Hollywood.
rebellion - 6/13/2013, 12:23 AM
this is NOT going to work... you can't adapt incal.. sorry, you just can't.
Niklander - 6/13/2013, 1:44 AM
Who the [frick] is this Malatrova a Ku Klux Klan member he is always WHITE THIS WHITE THAT!!!! Nevertheless never read the comic so I dont know abput INCAL.
panther505 - 6/13/2013, 2:22 AM
I loved this book and I truly hope they can get the feel of this correct.
Demonluv - 6/13/2013, 11:25 AM
Agree with rebellion, it's just way too grand, and there's no way it would be a faithful adaptation without getting a hard R, maybe NC17 rating. I mean, the comic has like massive orgies in it. I wouldn't want to see a safe watered down hollywood version of l'incal.

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