With Suicide Squad the fourth of five major comic book movie releases planned in 2016 – the last being Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange – it’s safe to say Hollywood is fully entrenched in the comics adaptation trend. But, as discussions of superhero movie fatigue have begun to gain momentum, film studios have looked to other kinds of comic books for inspiration. One such adaptation in the process is 20th Century Fox’s live-action take on Lumberjanes, a comic from indie publisher BOOM! Studios.
The studio ordered a script for the Lumberjanes film in the spring of 2015 from Black List screenwriter Will Widger, but no further updates on the adaptation had been reported – until now.
The Wrap is reporting Fox’s Lumberjanes movie has landed indie director Emily Carmichael, who was recently reportedly in talks to helm Marvel Studios’ first solo female-fronted superhero film Captain Marvel. Additionally, she’s also working family action film Powerhouse with Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow under Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. BOOM! Studios executives Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are producing Lumberjanes for Fox, with Adam Yoelin co-producing (Solace). The BOOM! Studios Twitter account welcomed Carmichael to the project:
Created by BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters, writer Grace Ellis, and artists Noelle Stevenson and Brooke A. Allen, Lumberjanes kicked off in 2014. The series follows a group of campers – Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley – from Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types who unite through the power of friendship to fight off a supernatural threat. Lumberjanes was originally envisioned as an eight-issue storyline, but BOOM! Studios continued the series after it received such a positive response.
Certainly, with a story and tone comparable to The Goonies, now may be the best time in Hollywood for a Lumberjanes film. Netflix’s sci-fi series Stranger Things, along with Disney’s The Jungle Book live-action blockbuster and the upcoming Pete’s Dragon remake, have reinvigorated a genre that follows child protagonists – something that hasn’t been seen as much in recent years. With the right story, the right director, and (perhaps most importantly) the right cast on board, Lumberjanes could also find success among children and adult viewers alike.
That said, Carmichael is still a largely untested director, and Widger an untested screenwriter, so it’s unclear what fans can expect from the pair as they team up to bring Lumberjanes to life. But, considering Carmichael is an up-and-coming talent who was rumored to be up for Captain Marvel and is set to work with Trevorrow on Powerhouse, it seems the Miss Quinzella campers are in good hands.
We’ll keep you updated on Lumberjanes as more information becomes available.