Danger Girl by J Scott Campbell is the tale of a group of hot looking female super spies. When it first came out the comic, along with Joe Maduriea’s Battlechasers, was a big deal and prices went soaring until the bottom dropped out of the market.
It was a fun read with inspiration taken from numerous sources. Mind you Campbell could sure draw some nice looking ladies and weird looking bad guys so that always helped.
Now the comic could be heading to the big screen after being in development hell for a long time.
Producer Adrian Askarieh, who is also working on Kane and Lynch, Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever and Hack/Slash, spoke to the LA Times about the Danger Girl film.
I would describe it as “Kill Bill” meets “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with the “team” element of “Mission: Impossible.” I would say to the uninitiated that the book is a smart, hip, fun and beautifully drawn love letter to the best action/adventure movies of the last 30 years. It is the story of a lost girl who, through this incredibly kick-ass adventure, finds her destiny, comes of age and helps save the world. What’s interesting is that our director, Todd Lincoln, who will also be executive producer on the project, my producing partner on this, Daniel Alter and myself were all independently huge fans of the book. When the opportunity arose to do this together and to work closely with creator J. Scott Campbell, we couldn’t resist because of that “tip of the hat” sensibility the book so effectively embodies. It is truly an iconic property which for a while (before “Watchmen” and “300″ were turned into movies) was the best known non-Marvel/DC comic book out there.
It sounds as if they are trying to distance themselves from the high camp of the recent Charlie’s Angels movies.
First of all, we are taking these characters very seriously; a kind of “Batman Begins” approach, if you will. Also, Todd has a very interesting aesthetic approach to this project, which will actually inform the tone of the storytelling and the movie as a whole. Without giving too much away, he wants to use the technology similar to that used in “Avatar” to bring Campbell’s characters and world to life and yet, at the same time, have the audience fully recognize and be emotionally invested in the actors playing those characters.
His approach, in both the look and the tone for “Danger Girl,” is what I call the anti-”Charlie’s Angels” and feels more like next-step progression from what I hear Zack Snyder is doing with “Sucker Punch,” visually speaking.
Now I don’t think he is saying it will be motion capture performances for the main characters, but rather a stylised 3D world, but you never know.
The kind of feel they are going for sits well with me.
Well, that was a very big part of the interest for myself, Daniel and Todd in doing this particular project. We miss the tone of movies like “Raiders” and “Goldfinger” and also love the ferocity of films such as “Kill Bill” and “300″ and even “Kick-Ass,” which I have seen and absolutely love. Those movies were all serious and fun at the same time. For the audience, feeling the jeopardy for a character should not be mutually exclusive with having a fun ride with the movie itself. That’s exactly what we want to accomplish with “Danger Girl.” And as I said before, Todd’s unique vision for the way he wants to shoot and construct the movie takes all of that to the next level. He envisions a hyper-stylized, hyper-action action film, but with a heart and with characters you care about.
Danger Girl could translate to the big screen rather well. It would need a killer script though as it could fall into a great big pile of cheese.