Is Guillermo del Toro Developing a “Supernatural Avengers”? And That’s Not All…
We have a lot -- a lot -- of genre reports for you today, not including Guillermo del Toro's epic new project said to be a supernatural version of 'The Avengers.' In addition, there are reported updates on the adaptation of Joe Hill's 'Locke and Key' and JJ Abrams' latest monster acquisition.
Thanks to Latino Review for all of this magnificent news, which they acquired through an anonymous source that goes by the name of "Senor Fenix."
First up, the master of whimsical horror, Guillermo del Toro, is going to follow up his monster epic 'Pacific Rim' with 'Heaven Sent,' which is said to be his version of 'The Avengers.' The film will collect all the magical beings of the DC comics world -- Swamp Thing, Deadman, The Spectre, Constantine (!), Zatanna, Zatara and more -- into one bonkers movie. The report says that Warner Bros. is still working to clear up the rights to each character, and knowing del Toro's penchant for stacking his deck with new projects, we wouldn't be surprised if this one never happens.
And you may recall a while ago that Fox TV/FX were working on a television series adaptation of 'Locke and Key,' from author Joe Hill (son of horror legend Stephen King). The pilot episode was directed by Mark Romanek ('One Hour Photo,' 'Never Let Me Go'), but the network passed in favor of another horror series -- 'American Horror Story.' Apparently Universal has purchased the rights to 'Locke and Key,' and the project has been reborn as a planned trilogy of films, which will be produced and written by the team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
JJ Abrams, another busy filmmaker with a lot on his plate, has acquired the rights to "Beastlies," little figures made by artist Leslie Levings -- they're cute little monsters with wide-set eyes and goofy faces, and Abrams apparently plans to turn them into "the modern day equivalent of the Smurfs," with a planned animated series and film.
Some other tidbits from the source: FX has filmed a second pilot for the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' 'Powers,' but the network is still unhappy with the results. And finally, the manager/producer duo of David Alpert and David Engel ('Locke and Key,' 'The Walking Dead') have made a deal with NBC Studios for a series adaptation of 'Revival,' written by 'Hack/Slash's' Tim Seeley, which tells the story of a zombie outbreak from the vantage point of rural America.
We know it's a lot to take in, but what do you think? Are you excited for anyone of these projects -- 'Heaven Sent,' 'Locke and Key,' 'Beastlies,' 'Powers,' 'Revival'? Sound off in the comments!