Paramount to turn “Last Man Standing” graphic novel into a feature film
Believe it or not, they still actually sell comic books at San Diego Comic-Con. It's not just a place where Hollywood goes to drum up fever-pitch levels of excitement for their new tentpole properties, although that's certainly what the convention is best known for now.
That's why it's refreshing when a truly groundbreaking work like Dan LuVisi's Last Man Standing - a 230-page sci-fi graphic novel from Heavy Metal Publishing - manages to sell out in under two hours at the famed comic mecca. That kind of success is cause for celebration amongst people that actually still go to Cali for the comics.
Of course, Paramount has just bought the rights to the property, with intentions to launch a multi-platform franchise, so expect to see huge lines of fans clamoring to get into Hall H in the coming years just to catch a glimpse of the movie version.
The full name of the graphic novel is L.M.S.: Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter, and it took over 2 1/2 years to create.
LuVisi will also help produce the big screen adaptation, and told Geek Chic Daily about the plot of Last Man Standing:
"[It] takes place 600 years in the future, in an alternate universe and is about Gabriel, this invincible soldier, who's been created to help win a war Earth got itself too deep into with Mars. After Gabe wins the war, he comes back down to Earth and is celebrated as this incredible hero. From there, he becomes somewhat of a celebrity, a Superman of this story, but then it all takes a quick turn. Gabriel is framed for an atrocious crime, by a terrorist organization known as Pandemonium and their leader, Dante. He is then sent to Level-9 Facility, where he'll spend the next nine years in the worst prison of all time. Once Gabriel breaks out, only then does his true story begin, and the lies and twists unravel.
“As for the entire series, it's a story of mine I've been crafting over the past two and a half years. I want it to be a graphic novel series, but start it in a non-traditional type way. Where most comics start off with a first issue, this starts off with a 230-page bible of a book, Killbook of a Bounty Hunter, that sets up the entire universe of the LMS world. But not only that, the audience gets an incredibly deep perspective on the protagonist, Gabriel, and what his plans are now that he's escaped from Level-9.”
The graphic novel will be turned into a full series under Kevin Eastman's Heavy Metal Publishing. Both Eastman and LuVisi have quite a history together, since LuVisi was the artist that helped bring Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book to life. That book also went on to big screen success (Go Ninja! Go Ninja! Go!) and helped launch the career of Elias Koteas, who played Casey Jones in the Turtle films. Could we maybe see Koteas in the Last Man Standing movie?