A lot of attention has recently been put on a 2004 graphic novel called Hench, ever since Warner Bros. announced a comedy adaptation of the comic starring Danny McBride (The Foot Fist Way, Pineapple Express). Set to be written by McBride and his Eastbound and Down buddy Shawn Harwell, Hench is the story of a disabled football player who finds work as a henchman for a supervillain.
So what does Hench co-creator Adam Beechen think about the movie adaptation? Well, in talking to Comic Book Resources, Beechen revealed his thoughts about the project:
“I’m pretty blown away, as you might imagine… It’s actually been in the works for a couple of months. And I wasn’t allowed to talk about it and it was driving me crazy. Only a couple of people besides me knew about it and I just wanted to climb up to the rooftop and scream about it for the last two months.”
However, Beechen’s enthusiasm for Hench making it’s way to Hollywood isn’t completely without issues, as he says the story has already been changed, particularly with regards to the main character. However, Beechen remains optimistic, mostly because of McBride being cast in the starring role:
“Well, in the book, [the main character of] Mike is African-American… And that’s how I always sort of pictured it. But when I heard Danny was interested in it I thought, ‘My god. He’s perfect.’ And he really is. And at the point, you start thinking, ‘Well, if Danny’s going to be in it, who else is going to be in it?’ You think about all the other actors Danny has worked with and is pals with and the possibilities become kind of exciting.”
Even though Beechen realizes McBride is a busy man (he’s committed to a second season of HBO’s Eastbound and Down), he still thinks McBride and Harwell are going to put their all into the Hench script they are co-writing:
“I know this is something he [McBride] feels really strongly about and he loves the material and wants to get it out there so I imagine he and Shawn [Harwell, his co-writer] are going to be working pretty hard on the script… I would guess they want to get going as soon as humanly possible, but I really don’t know.”
For the rest of the interview with Beechen, you can head on over to Comic Book Resources.
I don’t know about you, but I am really liking the sound of Hench. It seems like both an original idea (which I always embrace in Hollywood), and yet at the same time a sort of homage to the fantastical world of superheroes and supervillains. And with the creator of the comic coming already giving two thumbs up to the idea of a Hench movie and those involved with it, inspires nothing but confidence in the project as far as I’m concerned.
Also, if McBride and Harwell can somehow make use of all the DC villains that Warner Bros. has at its disposal, that would just be the icing on the cinematic cake for me.
What do you think about the positive words from Hench creator Adam Beechan about the movie version? Are you liking the sound of what Hench is shaping up to be?
Hench is currently slated as a 2011 release.