New Hope Arises Regarding ELFQUEST

In January Warner Bros. officially passed on green-lighting a featured film version of the comic book Elfquest, but a new message has restored hope for fans. Click the jump to check it out.

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By nailbiter111 - 4/6/2012
What is Elfquest? It is a fantasy story about a community of elves and other fictional species who struggle to survive and coexist on a primitive Earth-like planet with two moons. Several published volumes of prose fiction also share the same setting. Over the years Elfquest has been self-published by creators Wendy and Richard Pini, then Marvel Comics, then the Pinis again through their own company Warp Graphics and more recently DC Comics. - Wikipedia




In late January it was reported that Warner Bros. had decided to pass on making an Elfquest film. A project that in the past four years had contributions from screenwriter Joe Ahearne (Dr. Who) and the director of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Rawson Marshall Thurber. When Warner Bros. passed, the official ElfQuest Facebook page informed their fans with this somber message:

"After close to four years of suspense - and longer than four years of your much-appreciated interest and support - the word has come down from Warner Bros. And the word is "no." Their simple explanation is that they don't want to compete with The Hobbit."


For Warner Bros. to imply that an Elfquest film would saturate the market just because another fantasy film like The Hobbit was in production is ludicrous. If this was another buddy-cop movie, okay. If this was another romantic comedy where the guy gets the girl at the end, that would also be okay, but to worry about Elfquest opening in the wake of The Hobbit is asinining.

With that out of the way, a few days ago on the official ElfQuest Facebook page a new posting revealed that there is still reason to be hopeful if you're a fan of the comic book.
"For the first time in months, the agents of hope have shown their pretty elfin faces again. Stay tuned!"


After that tease I decided to contact them and see if I could gather some more information on this matter and I received this exclusive reply:
"I think there's all the chance in the world - but I'll ask for a bit of patience, because now that Warner Bros. has declined to green-light Elfquest, we're exploring a few new paths. Soon as we have something to announce, you'll certainly see it here - and then will be the time bang the drum!"


That sounds a lot more optimistic, but still vague. Does this mean a featured film version is still in the cards or could it be for a television show? That we don't know at this time.

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Tevii - 4/6/2012, 2:42 PM
Im DYING to see a well made ElfQuest movie.... but Warner Bros. ruins most of their properties anyway. Maybe its best if they didnt get it made there.
Harry Potter and Batman are the only things they get right ever.

And the idea that Elfquest would saturate the market with The Hobbit out there is exactly the kind of thinking Im talking about. Lord of the Rings competed with Harry Potter on many levels, did that hurt them? No.

WHEN The Hobbit is a MASSIVE hit, dont they want to strike when the iron is still hot for a fantasy like that. Elfquest is the answer.

While we're on it.... Jared Padalecki for Cutter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/6/2012, 3:08 PM
Movie could be awesome in right hands.
soberchimera - 4/6/2012, 4:52 PM
No hope arises in my interest of this movie ever getting made.
marvel72 - 4/6/2012, 5:51 PM
this was a good comic back in the day,published by marvel epic.

wouldn't mind seeing a movie version.
johan02 - 4/6/2012, 7:39 PM
@BionicCommando wtf?
@marvel72 I could be wrong but Im pretty sure Elfquest was never published by Marvel.

I would really love to believe there is a hope for an Elfquest picture, live action or other wise. But this WB deal isn't the first time Ive heard about an EQ movie in the works. The first was 20, I dont remember what studio was behind it but they were talking about an animated feature in the early 90s, with Christian Slater in talks to play Cutter/Tam(witch I think would have rocked!). But that fell through, and that was at the height of it popularity.
, not 20 years later when only die hard fanboys like me even remember it. Yeah that could work for a movie, start with a clean slate so to speak, but I just dont see this happening. As much as I would love it to work I cant help but be doubtfull.
GrayMatter - 4/6/2012, 10:56 PM
Huh. I feel like my nerd cred has taken a hit. I've never heard of Elfquest before reading this article. And I'm a big fantasy fan. I'm gonna have to see if I can check it out.

If they do make a live-action movie, I wonder if they'll change the name. No offence to any EQ fans, but I don't think the name Elfquest will attract too many casual viewers. It sounds too much like all those terrible fantasy movies from the 80's, like Beastmaster and such. Course, I love those movies, but evoking those movies might not be the best way to attract the casual audience.
And they'll need to do that if the plan on spending the money it would take to make this kind of fantasy story into an actual good movie.
marvel72 - 4/7/2012, 6:21 AM
@ johan02

epic comic group is an creator owned imprint of marvel comics,it published some classic comics for marvel.

-elfquest
-dreadstar
-meltdown havok & wolverine
-moonshadow
-alien legion
-cadillacs & dinosaurs
-groo the wanderer
-elektra assassin
-elektra lives again
-the light & darkness war
-silver surfer parable
johan02 - 4/7/2012, 8:18 AM
I never saw them on that label, I only remember WaRP, then later I think DC had the title. If Marvel did publish them at some point that would be funny. Theyed be both Marvel and DC lol
RAZE - 4/7/2012, 8:26 AM
Its actually and really good comic for those who havent read/heard of it. It does have some serious environmental and hippie tones in it, but despite that it is tied as my favorite independent comic series with The Walking Dead. Especially with all these 90s cartoons being made into movie, it would be nice to have a movie that is a fresh break. I think they should make them CG like Avatar style if they can get the budget. For those interested, you can go on Elfquest.com and read like the every comic in PDF, worth a read IMO.
marvel72 - 4/7/2012, 8:50 AM
@ johan02

yeah the marvel/epic run i believe was 30 odd issues,but you're right alot of different companies have published elfquest.

if a movie happens it maybe one of the only times marvel & dc fans won't be at each others throats.
ZombieOverEasy - 4/7/2012, 10:38 AM
I have some of the issues that Marvel printed in a box somewhere. I've never even bothered reading them, they were in some grab bag the local comic shop had when I was 12 or so.

Didn't realize it had a following of any sort, fantasy's never been my thing, outside of LotR & recently Game of Thrones.

Might have to dig them up and read them.
mwmcintyre - 4/7/2012, 10:09 PM
Highly recommend the core storyline, still have the first four graphic novels with their original covers(gorgeous artwork). Was one of the first american comics to be heavily manga influenced. Definitely a bit of a hippie vibe, but they did not shy away from the fighting either. Nice complex fantasy/sci-fi themes and very well developed characters.

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