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Warren Ellis’ Black Summer heading to the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on November 2, 2009

black_summer_0Vigilante Entertainment has signed on Ryne Pearson to adapt Warren Ellis’ comicbook series Black Summer for the big screen.

According to Variety, Black Summer was published by Avatar Press in 2007.

The miniseries alternates between flashbacks detailing the origin of a superhero team called The Seven Guns, and the present day, where one of their members kills the President of the United States. The Seven Guns are “an association of politically-aware young scientist-inventors” (according to creator Warren Ellis), who create their own superhuman enhancements through extreme body modification experiments supervised by Tom Noir and Frank Blacksmith. Noir is the brains of the team, but by far the most powerful member is John Horus, whose enhancements make him, for all intents and purposes, invincible. Their first public mission was to free an unspecified West Coast city from a corrupt police force and the criminal city government which backed it. Over time, they have gained the public trust. Tom began an affair with “Laura Torch”, one of his teammates.Wiki

At some point, as yet unknown, Frank Blacksmith faked his own death in order to start working for the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA decided that The Seven Guns were dangerous, especially Tom Noir, and arranged to kill him in a car bomb. Due to an error, the bomb killed Laura, but Tom was only wounded. Having lost his leg, he retired from superheroics and began a life of drinking and chain-smoking. Meanwhile, the CIA continued to experiment with human enhancement, creating their own super soldiers which they claim were more advanced than The Seven Guns

I read the first couple of issues (time and money meant I didn’t get hold of the others, but I’ll be picking up the collected version at some point) and it was full of science, cool art by Juan Jose Ryp and lashings of ultra violence.

It should make a great film, as long as they don’t water it down too much.

No production date has been set.

Not sure who could star in it though. Any suggestions?

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