In a recent interview with a UK website, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons dropped an interesting hint about which project he would like to work on once Watchmen hits theaters.
Dave’s answer: he would like to get another one of his comic book creations up on the silver screen: Martha Washington, a character he and Sin City creator Frank Miller co-created in the early 90’s.
Frank Miller also seems intent on getting Martha Washington adapted for the screen, as he mentioned in a recent interview with MTV News:
“It’s just a matter of finding the right venue, because ‘Martha Washington’ isn’t a movie, it’s a series,” [Miller] said. “It would have to be like 12 episodes to fit the whole story in. I would not let it be truncated.”
The epic story Frank is referring to began with Give Me Liberty, a four-issue comic book miniseries he and Gibbons created in 1990 about a young African-American girl named Martha Washington, born into a dystopian future where America has splintered into warring extremist factions. Martha is born and raised in “The Green,” a prison-like urban enclosure (based on Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects) from which few inhabitants ever escape.
Over the short (but dense) course of the series, Martha flees a mental institution with help from her friend, Raggy Ann, a “living computer” built by the government; she enlists in PAX, a future version of the military; goes on to help PAX save the world from extremist groups and other worldly threats; all while trading sabers with her evil nemesis, the corrupt, Lt. Moretti.
Give Me Liberty was a popular independent comic at its time of release, helping to establish independent (and adult-themed) comic book publisher, Dark Horse Comics. The original four-issue miniseries also spawned several sequels, including Martha Washington Goes to War (1994), Happy Birthday Martha Washington (1995), Martha Washington Stranded In Space (1995), Martha Washington Saves The World (1997-98), and Martha Washington Dies (2007).
According to Dave Gibbons, now is the time for Martha Washington to make the jump from page to big screen–with help from Frank Miller, of course.
“There was a series I did with Frank Miller called Martha Washington, which in fact is longer than Watchmen, it’s about 500 pages. Frank’s enjoying a certain amount of success in Hollywood and I wouldn’t be surprised if something happens with that. I think that would make a great movie...Martha Washington is a war story but it’s quite satirical and I think has a strange resonance with what’s happening in the world today.”
Well, Dave, I wouldn’t put all my eggs in the Frank Miller basket until the first (non)returns for The Spirit come back. (If that latest trailer is any indication, Frank might soon be taking a hit in the Hollywood clout department.)
I’ll be the first to admit that despite my extensive fanboy knowledge of all things comic book, I have never read any part of the Give Me Liberty series. But this news has certainly made me curious. What about you–have you read any of the Martha Washington saga? Do you think it would make for a good film? Sound off and let us know.