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Depp will be Rex Mundi. Should Snyder direct it?

Posted by LiveFor on March 27, 2009

Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, already has its script and an impressive lead actor in Depp himself tagged for the live-action adaptation of Arvid Nelson and Eric Johnson’s comic book series Rex Mundi.

According to Infinitum Director of Development Sam Sarkar, the studio wants a talent on the level of “Watchmen” mastermind Zack Snyder to bring the Dark Horse series to the big screen.

“We really need to find a guy who has that kind of visual style — not unlike Zack Snyder,” Sarkar told MTV News. “You need a guy that’s that kind of visionary to do ‘Rex,’ because it’s a really visually complex world.”

To be honest I really don’t get the “Visionary” director thing being attached to Zack Snyder. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy his work, but both 300 and Watchmen are Frank Miller, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s visionary work. Snyder just made very faithful adaptions of them both. That is by the by. I mention it as it just seems a bit weird.

I have not read Rex Mundi, I’ve seen it in the comic shops and heard it mentioned on various websites, but it does seem to have a pretty cool concept.

The series is a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery. It is set in the year 1933, in an alternate history Europe, where magic is real, feudalism persisted, and the Protestant Reformation was crushed by a still politically powerful Roman Catholic Church. All of this is woven together as “… a meditation on the prophecies surrounding the advent of the Bahá’í era.” The book takes its name from the Latin term meaning ‘King of the World’. It is derived from the Cathar heresies of the Middle Ages, and taken up in works like Holy Blood, Holy Grail. Within the Cathar context it seems to have been equated with the Demiurge.

Real magic, vast conspiracies, the Holy Grail, 1930s. That all sounds cool to me. Not your superhero kind of deal, but also not the kind of thing that I would associate with a director like Zack Snyder. I think that the subject matter would work better with a director not associated with comic books. The little synopsis gives me a Ninth Gate meets The Da Vinci Code meets Angel Heart kind of vibe.

Thanks to Pam for sending me the link. Have you read the comic book? Do you think
Snyder would do it justice? Who would you like to see direct it?

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