Graphic Novel ‘The Order’ Optioned for Big Screen Adaptation

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Studios have had reason to believe that superhero teams play well with mainstream audiences ever since 2000’s X-Men scored big at the box office (and subsequently launched a franchise). However, this didn’t prepare anyone for the astronomical numbers that Marvel’s The Avengers landed earlier this year. With that record-breaker now in the cinematic history books (and its own sequel on the way), it’s no wonder that another comics-based team is on its way to theaters.

According to Deadline, producer Scott Stuber (Ted, Battleship) has optioned the graphic novel The Order for a big screen adaptation. The story (which bears no relation to the Marvel comic of the same name) involves a group of young Catholic priests who travel the world vanquishing evil.

Brian Nathanson (The Many Deaths of Barnaby James) has been tapped to write the script, and Stuber’s Bluegrass Films will produce alongside Arcana/Benderspink, the production house working on such high-profile projects as The Hangover Part III and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

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Is the world ready for a team of superhero priests?

While The Order may not be a particularly well-known property, the concept could certainly have legs. The premise sounds like a combination of The Exorcist, 2005 Keanu Reeves vehicle Constantine (itself based on the vastly different comic book Hellblazer) and TV’s Supernatural. All those projects have proven successful, and upcoming releases like the Sam Raimi-produced The Possession and Paranormal Activity 4 indicate that moviegoers’ fascination with the occult has yet to be satisfied.

However, comic book films are all about the execution, and The Order will live or die based on its casting and how well it educates the potential audience on the world it’s creating. Let’s not forget that for every Iron Man, there’s a Green Lantern. To set itself apart, The Order will need a leading man as compelling as Robert Downey Jr. (or better yet, a group of them) or a director as skilled as The Dark Knight Rises’ Christopher Nolan.

Time will tell how this one turns out, but expect the project to undergo a name change prior to its release to avoid confusion with the Marvel title.

Are you familiar with The Order, Screen Rant readers? Do you think it will translate well into a film? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Wasn’t something similar attempted with the movie called “Priest”? I liked the idea, but I disliked the movie, as I did not think it was very well done. Don’t know how it did at the box office.

    • yes, i wanted to write the same. it failed brutaly at the box office,and i liked the idea at the beginning,too and disliked it after watching it. but,somehow killerpriests and not just in -priest- don´t work so well for the audience,after all not for me.

  2. I saw a movie, many years ago, that may have been named The Order. It starred Heath Ledger and he was a priest. That’s about all I remember about it but this does resonate with that memory as far as the concept

    • I was thinking the same thing… Dunno offhand if that was based on the same property or not. (I feel like it would’ve been mentioned).

  3. Nice idea, I’ll follow the project.

  4. they already made this… it was called VAMPIRES w/ James Woods remember? john carpenter movie i bieleve. and that sucked too.

  5. just make van helsing 2

  6. Hhmmmmm…could be good. I enjoyed Priest, it wasn’t very good, but I enjoyed it anyway.