‘Watchmen’ Screenwriter David Hayter Adapting ‘The Sword’

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Dara Brighton in The Sword Watchmen Screenwriter David Hayter Adapting The Sword

Perhaps it’s just because using panels from a comic book is cheaper than hiring a storyboard artist, but adaptations of graphic novels are a hot property in Hollywood at the moment, and even outside of the major DC and Marvel titles that tend to dominate the box office, there are quite a few notable examples of lesser-known comic books that are getting the big screen treatment over the next few years.

One such movie is I, Frankenstein, the supernatural action horror that was adapted for film by Kevin Grevioux, from his own comic book series of the same name. The film is being produced by Lakeshore Entertainment with Aaron Eckhart playing the lead role, and although it’s not out until next year the studio is already diving right back into the pages of comic books for their next project.

The Wrap reports that Lakeshore is turning Jonathan and Joshua Luna’s 24-issue comic book series The Sword into a film, and has hired David Hayter to write the screenplay adaptation of the comics, in preparation for a 2014 production start. Lakeshore secured the rights to The Sword earlier this year, and the film is being produced by Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg, who previously worked on the Underworld series.

Hayter has some solid credentials when it comes to adapting comic books for the big screen. He wrote the screenplay for X-Men and co-wrote the sequel, X2, though his most recent project of that nature was Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation of Watchmen, the highly acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore. Watchmen had an amazing trailer that the film itself unfortunately failed to live up to (for many), suffering from pacing issues and a slavish adherence to the source material that prevented it from making a fully effective transition to the screen (especially for casual audiences). With luck, and with the right director, The Sword might make the transfer to a cinematic format a little more successfully.

Dara Brighton holding The Sword Watchmen Screenwriter David Hayter Adapting The Sword

The Sword‘s story is, thankfully, not quite as complex as that of Watchmen, though it’s no less compelling. The protagonist, Dara Brighton, is a paraplegic college student who lives with her family, and one day discovers a sword in her basement that not only enables her to walk, but also gives her extraordinary powers. Once the premise is established in the first collected volume of the comics, the remainder of the story is a revenge tale as Dara seeks out three siblings who attacked her and her family.

Are you confident in David Hayter’s ability to write the script for The Sword, or would you have preferred a different screenwriter for this project? Also, should Lakeshore Entertainment stick to the book and fill it with Kill Bill style over-the-top-violence, or tame it to a PG-13 for slightly younger audiences?

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The Sword doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated on further talent or casting news.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. fun fact Davis Hayter is also the voice of Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series.

  2. Fun fact # 2: David Hayter was also The Guyver in Guyver: Dark Hero

  3. Fun fact #3: David Hayter is (supposedly) no longer the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series as of V: The Phantom Pain.

    • Yep, Kiefer f’n Sutherland is voicing him instead, which is just as cool.

      I might play a Metal Gear game for the first time since the late 80s just for Kiefer’s voice acting.

      • Correction. David is indeed the voice of Solid Snake. For those who do NOT know their MGS history (just being smart guys, no ill will), the new game is centered around Big Boss aka Naked Snake. The father of Solid and the children of the Les Enfants Terribles Program. Sutherland is voicing Big Boss,who is the protagonist of this game. Cant be David. That would make no sense!!

        • Yeah except Hayter’s voiced Big Boss in MGS3 and presumably Peace Walker also. I like the idea of transitioning Big Boss onto a different voice actor though to help differentiate our Snakes as BB gets older lol.

          • Exactly! Now it’s all perfectly clear, as MGS always is….

      • He’s voicing Big Boss aka Naked Snake. Solid Snake still belongs to Hayter.

        • This hasn’t been confirmed yet, hence the ‘(supposed)’ in my original post. For those who DO know their history, Kojima has a tendency to troll his fans. I totally agree that Hayter probably will continue to be Solid Snake (the duo as Naked/Solid will be awesome!), but since we’re stating facts and this hasn’t been confirmed, I’ll leave it at that :)

  4. Why tame an adaptation of a violent comic book? If it’s violent maybe that’s the spirit of it. And why aren’t the comic book writers writing the film themselves? It’s their stuff after all.

    • Because adpatations would be too good.
      No, in reality screenwriters unlike writers have to know what will look good on screen and what can be nullified because movie will run out of time. They can’t shot all the thoughts, and majority of small scenes that don’t bring much to the overall story. Their work is not easy by any means. They basicly make a movie in their head and try to correspond movie material with timing.

    • The violent content and extremes of Watchmen didn’t bother me as a squeamish viewer at all, but they DID bother me because of how jarring and fake and mishandled some bits were. The gleeful bone snappings in the alleys were too light hearted and casual for the films tone. Other parts like the human-bursting of Dr. manhattan were better handled in tone and depiction.

  5. Gee wiz aren’t they worried about the hero of the story being A woman. Females can’t carry the story,Nobody wants A female hero and so no and so on. I say BALONEY I’ll go see this movie,I would go see A Wonder Woman movie so there!

    • wut

  6. Hayter must have some talent, but it seems worth noting that the huge, fascinating, successful stories he is associated with were already huge, fascinating and successful when he was….well, probably not yet born. Would an original story by him be any good? What parts of these projects can we isolate as HIS contribution and creativity as versus a nimble adaptation of other people’s ideas? I’d like to know.

    Anybody play the Japanese preview of MGS2? “Snaku!!”. As far as charming foreign bits that got excised on the way to America, that’s up there with Mario Sunshine’s triumphant “Shine Get!”

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