The comic book to movie process has been well tread and keeps a lot of people employed for years to come. Whether it be Marvel, DC or the fringe players that bring their creation to the studio desk, the process is a tried and tested formula that is sure to continue long into the future.
Now Mark Wahlberg wants his own piece of the market. And, rather than search for a narrative laying around, he has helped to craft a series titled Alien Bounty Hunter with the exact goal of having a film franchise at the end of it. Vault Comics and producing partner Stephen Levinson are the other key players involved in the project. All as they hope to cash in on his name to get it off the ground.
What Is ABH About Precisely?
Not to be confused with the Alien Bounty Hunter from The X-Files series portrayed by Brian Thompson, this story focuses on the adventures of Ben Madsen. A protagonist who is out to apprehend a fugitive. Sounding like a fairly nondescript action thriller on the surface, his journey will lead him to the discovery that his target is not human. Plot twist! And, upon finding this creature, he uncovers an enclave of species hidden away from society.
There are very few details made about the comics before they are made public. But it is believed to be inspired by a combination of Men in Black and Midnight Run. Adrian F. Wassel and David M. Booher are writing script as Levinson and Failsafe creator F.J. DeSanto develop the story.
The early art showcased by designer Nick Robles illustrates a very dark and dim world that could be geared towards an R rated feature of films. However it pans out, the process of fast tracking a comic for a movie is a bold venture that will have a lot riding on it for Wahlberg.
Patriot's Day Under Fire For Being Inauthentic
With his Wahlburgers chain in some hot legal water, the news has not been too good for the action star. Especially since his biopic Patriots Day continues to be under fire for it's portrayal of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Akil Awan from the Independent argues that the movie "is full of factual inaccuracies and fails to mention the real heroes."
Falling short of expectations to only accumulate $41.4m at the box office from their $45m investment, Awan leaves specific criticism for the casting of Wahlberg in the lead role.
"In the end," summarizes the reviewer, "the audience is only left with Wahlberg’s cheesy jingoistic epilogue, to provide a soothing panacea to their ruptured worldview, and desperately restore some sort of moral clarity in the wake of what they have just witnessed."