Before the Curtain: NEAL ADAMS, ALIBI, WIMPY KID, and ROBOTS

Before the Curtain: NEAL ADAMS, ALIBI

There is a near daily influx of comic book and genre related movie and TV news, and we wanted a way to present it all to you as easily as possible. We've had film/tv columns in the past, and this latest iteration should serve us all well. On to the news of the day.

The great Neal Adams' (Green Arrow, Batman) Continuity Studios has signed with International Creative Management, a move with an eye toward developing and producing feature films, according to Hollywood Reporter. Continuity Studios has, since its founding in 1983, produced Adams' creator-owned comic books, and most recently has worked on a motion comic of Marvel Entertainment's Astonishing X-Men #1. Adams both produced and co-directed the moving version of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's modern re-imagining of the X-Men franchise.

Top Cow's Alibi may not have made it outside of Pilot Season 2008, but it has won its way into Hollywood. The comic, part of Top Cow's now annual "Pilot Season" competition where several first issues, akin to TV pilots, are produced and fans vote on which should continue as series, failed to continue past the initial go. According to Variety, Mandeville Films is taking control of furthering the story started by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Jeremy Haun, with help from Top Cow's CEO and founder Marc Silvestri, who will executive produce the film. Mandeville is also currently working on comic-to-screen adaptation The Surrogates.

While there's some debate whether Diary of a Wimpy Kid should be included in Graphic Novel conversations (it is listed as such on Amazon), there is little debate that Jeff Kinney's series of novels has sold incredibly well.  The coming movie from Fox 2000 now has its main cast rounded out with the addition of Steve Zahn as the titular character's father, reports Variety. He joins Zachary Gordon as the Wimpy Kid, and Rachael Harris as his mother.

Finally, in a slipped-through-the-cracks story from late last week, Jerry Bruckheimer is bringing IDW's World War Robot to big screens.  Writer/Artist Ashley Wood will be an executive producer on the adaptation, his first such credit. The story features humans and robots fighting on Earth, The Moon, and Mars. Bruckheimer is of course no stranger to big action movies or adaptations, as he's currently producing the Prince of Persia game-to-movie, the latest in a long line of action flicks

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