It’s easy to forget there’s still potential in the found-footage genre, but then something like Norwegian writer-director André Øvredal’s Trollhunter comes along to remind us that, with a little ingenuity and all-around quality filmmaking, you can breathe life into anything. Øvredal took $1 million in funding and turned it into a terrifying hunt for giant trolls.
Trollhunter is receiving some well-deserved praise in the form of a US remake by Chris Columbus, and now Øvredal himself is getting the opportunity to put his craft to use again, by adapting Tim Daniel’s comic, Enormous.
According to THR, Hitman producer Adrian Askarieh is on board to produce the piece, which takes place in a world where humans find themselves at the bottom of a food chain ruled by giant monsters, with one woman on a mission to save lost children. Check out the full description of Enormous #1 below via Image:
“In the midst of a planetary battle for food and fuel, a vast ecological cataclysm spawns THE ENORMOUS, massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Humankind struggles to stave off extinction and the only law is to hunt or be hunted. It’s an epic action adventure featuring the survival of the biggest!”
Øvredal certainly put every penny of Trollhunters’ budget to good use and delivered a variety of trolls that look, well, as real as you’d imagine trolls would look, which coincides nicely with Øvredal and Askarieh’s plan to go the Cloverfield and Walking Dead route with Enormous, highlighting the characters and leaving the monsters in the background.
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While it’s a thrill to hear that Øvredal is back at it with such promising source material, what makes Enormous stand out even more is Øvredal and Askarieh’s transmedia effort. The comic won’t just get a film adaptation. They’ve got a Web series and a TV show in the works, too. By utilizing multiple platforms, the filmmakers hope to provide a more well-rounded experience, offering viewers the chance to explore the setting and situation from varying viewpoints. The combination of the three mediums certainly has potential, but hopefully they’ll throw something interactive into the mix, too, as it seems to be a scenario that would beg the question, ‘How would you survive?’
The comic is changing hands from Image to 21 Ink Publishing, and 21 Ink is expected to announce an 18-book series (due out in 2013) at New York Comic Con this weekend, so perhaps more details on Øvredal’s plans will surface as well.
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