Thursday, July 28, 2005

DAMN talented

Good news (other than I've finally put a spike in the chest of this script). As announced in Variety today and on BOOM!'s blog, Andy Cosby's Dark Horse comic Damn Nation has been optioned by MTV films.

Damn Nation got great reviews, and Cosby's on a hot streak. Actually , Cosby's been on a streak for a while. The first television show he ever wrote -- let me emphasize that, the very first time he put pen to paper in TV format -- was the pilot for his show HAUNTED, which ran on UPN. Not just shot, but ON AIR. You will never convince me that Matthew Fox's gritty (and more importantly, buzz-cut-hair) reinvention on that show didn't contribute to LOST folk taking a new look at him. The very next TV pilot he wrote was for his sci-fi mystery show EUREKA, which I believe is just about to get the pickup for next season. Again, not just a filmed pilot -- 2 for 2 on air, kids.

He's also now three movie scripts in, and I believe this is his first original property sale.

This is particularly sweet as Andy Cosby and Ross Richie were two of the first friends I made out here in LA. They were the producers on Matt Wagner's MAGE and hired me as first-guy-on for that project. It was only my second film gig, and was the one that really kicked me up into the pros. We worked on a whackload pf projects together, Cosby and I co-wrote a script (which I need to finish the rewrite on -- damn damn damn ...).

Now, instead of two producer friends, I have a producer and writer friend who ... no longer need me as their writer. Huh. Hadn't considered that. Bastards.

HAH! I was about to do one of my split-topic post but caught myself! No, we'll draft Mr. Cosby into the examples as I answer one of the writing questions I received. Update later. And congratulation again, to Andy and Ross. What's even better, everybody working on ZOMBIE TALES can now feel free to invoice Ross for payment as he's fat with mad movie cheddah!

18 comments:

Jay in Oregon said...

This is particularly sweet as Andy Cosby and Ross Richie were two of the first friends I made out here in LA. They were the producers on Matt Wagner's MAGE and hired me as first-guy-on for that project.

Um... please explain. :)

Are you telling me there's an actual Mage movie/series in the works somewhere? Or is this like the Ben Edlund GF episode, something that exists in theory but will likely never see screen time? (OK, I'm a little more hopeful about the GF thing...)

Frank S. Kim said...

DAMN NATION was a pretty good miniseries with some really nice visuals. I hope the movie will further explore some of the interesting ideas that were hinted at in the comics.

Although Dark Horse should do something about the embarrassing typo in the last issue ("Niagra" Falls?) when they release the TPB.

Jean-Paul Cardier said...

Whoa there Kung Fu Monkey Boy,

There's a Mage movie? When what where HOW? Please elucidate....

(Me likey the Mage, if you cannot tell...)

Frank S. Kim said...

http://www.comics2film.com/ProjectFrame.php?f_id=50

ita said...

Eureka! Made me laugh, because one of the On The Spot guys plays the lead in it.

McGill Uber Alles.

1031 said...

The Mage film was talked about way back in the mid-to-late 90s. Kevin Smith was gonna write a script at one point, I think. And Robert Rodriguez was gonna direct.

Wound up in development hell, with a script that was a bit of a departure from the comic, and Matt Wagner wasn't too happy with it...or maybe they couldn't find anyone to pony up the cash to film it...

That all sounds kinda familiar. I'm sure John will have the real story whenever he gets his butt back online.

And Damn Nation was damn cool. One of the better vampire stories in recent years.

Chaz said...

That's awesome. Damn Nation is a great book. Loved every issue. Can't wait for this one to hit. Hopefully it's done right.

Anonymous said...

Now, instead of two producer friends, I have a producer and writer friend who ... no longer need me as their writer. Huh. Hadn't considered that. Bastards.

Glad to see you didn't forget your place as a fellow writer. We must always nuture that envy!

Ross Richie said...

To clarify on the history of MAGE...

1) Kevin Smith was interested, but Miramax refused to make a deal.

2) Robert Rodriguez, while an old film school pal of mine, was never involved.

3) The first writer on MAGE was John Rogers. For 15 drafts. Adam Simon did 2.

4) F Gary Gray was attached to direct at one time, as well as Zack (Dawn of the Dead) Snyder.

5) Matt has always told me that he was happy with the script. If he ever was unhappy, it's the first I've heard about it.

Best,
-R

1031 said...

I knew somebody would remember better than I. That was all so long ago, the only thing I really knew for sure was Kevin Smith's involvement.

J-Po said...

I am filled with jealous liquids.

Andy said...

Thanks for the kind words, John. You're a real mensch (I'm married to a Jew, so I'm entitled). That goes for the rest of you blogheads, too. Just glad some of the dozen or so people who bought the book actually enjoyed it.

Cheers,
-Cosby

And before Rogers beats me to yet another punch line...YES, I padded the numbers on that "dozen or so" reference. Sue me.

Andy said...

And just to clarify Ross' clarification on the history of MAGE...

1) Kevin Smith was interested, but Miramax being Miramax does what Miramax always does, which probably has a lot to do with why Miramax is no longer Miramax. Long story short, they tried to wait us out on the option, but we surprised everybody by re-optioning it from Matt for $1. How? Matt's just that kinda guy.

2) Robert Rodriguez, while an old film school pal of Ross, was never involved. Ironically, however, Ross and Robert were involved during film school.

3) The ONLY writer on MAGE was John Rogers. There were other drafts by other people. But MAGE was John's. 'Nuff said.

4) F Gary Gray was attached to direct at one time, as well as Zack (Dawn of the Dead) Snyder...until I stupidly (and quite by accident) sat in Swingers* talking him out of it by talking him into how cool movie zombies could be if you reinvented them. Sure, Danny Boyle beat us both to the punch, but that didn't stop Zach from pursuing DAWN.
*Swingers is a 50s theme diner here in Santa Monica and has absolutely nothing to do with the aforementioned Ross/Robert affair.

5) Matt has always told me that he was happy with the script. If he ever was unhappy, it's the first I've heard about it. Matt was however very unhappy to hear about Ross and Robert. Sorry about that, Matt. But even cowboys get the blues.

BenDavid said...

My homeboy Matt from Cup o' Kryptonite (http://www.cupokryptonite.com/) raved on and on about how good Damn Nation was, and I avoided it, simply because I already buy around thirty books a month. If I had known it had anything to do with this crew, and to be noted -- Richie is a rock star, I may have actually picked it up. Now I'll just lie and say I was there in the beginning before all this happened. Speaking of, where's the Boom! presence at WizardCon Chicago?

DJ said...

and the "Mage" is the best thing Rogers has ever written....and that is saying a lot.

Ross Richie said...

Everyone loves Bendavid. I am YOUR fan, you freak!

Move Chicago to the Left Coast, then I'll set up there, beee-yotch!

Best,
-R

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