FATMAN Directors Say They've Had Discussions About Helming A Superhero Movie - EXCLUSIVE
Fatman is now available on VOD, and directors Ian and Eshom Nelms spoke to us about the possibility of helming a superhero film, either for a major comic book movie studio, or one of their own projects...
With Fatman now available on VOD (you can check out our review here), we got the chance to speak to the film's co-directors/writers about the highly unconventional Christmas movie and what type of projects they might be interested in tackling in the future.
Ian and Eshom Nelms have written and directed several award-winning and critically-acclaimed films such as Waffle Street (2015), Small Town Crime (2018) and Carrie and Me, proving to be adept at working within various different genres.
Their latest project, Fatman, is a black comedy/thriller which puts a unique twist on the Santa Claus legend, and we wondered if the more fantastical elements of the story were something they might be interesting in bringing to the forefront of an upcoming project.
While they didn't go into specifics, the brothers did suggest that they have had some preliminary discussions about taking the helm of a comic book movie, and are very much looking forward to exploring the superhero genre via one of their own ideas at some point.
Mark Cassidy: Cringle is by no means a superhero, but am I right in thinking there are a few elements or nods to the comic book genre in there (him lifting the crate, healing from his wounds etc)? Have you had any discussions with any of the big studios like Marvel or WB about working on one of their superhero projects, or do you have any interest in developing one of your own ideas?
"We certainly see Chris as a superhero. And I'd say, both. We love comic books. One of our favorite mainstream characters is The Punisher. His comics hit the right buttons for us. But usually, our comic tastes are a bit off the beaten path, like Sam And Twitch or Jeff Lemire's work. We also seem to gravitate toward books that Ben Templesmith does the art for - we're big fans of his work and his style adds a cool flavor to everything he touches. And we also have some ideas of our own we're kicking around."
Check back for our full interview tomorrow, and if you're looking for a different kind of Christmas movie to watch over the Holidays, be sure to give Fatman a go.