Torso, by Brian Michael Bendis, is one of the best graphic novels out there. A gritty and gripping hunt for a serial killer, its attention to detail is staggering, and its pace is better than most bestsellers. To say it’d make a great movie is a no-brainer, which is why I’m surprised that it’s taken so damn long to get made!
Despite numerous false starts (once with David Fincher attached to direct), the author himself is telling us that there’s still a chance we might see the serial killer epic realized for the big screen. Bendis talked to MTV recently about the status of the project:
“Last December we got the green light … and then three days later there was no green light,” he said. “Imagine you get a call, you won the lottery… [then] no, you didn’t. It’s much worse than never getting the call. It was a very exciting moment, and then it went away.”
“The rights reverted back to [co-creator Marc Andreyko] and myself, and it all kind of went away,” he continued. “Now, not so much. Things are percolating back, and movement is afoot behind the scenes to get it going again with all the principals, so… we’ll see what happens.”
Personally, I always hoped Kevin Costner would reprise his role from Brian DePalma’s brilliant 1987 film The Untouchables to play an older, grizzled Ness on the hunt for the Cleveland Torso Murderer. I know Costner isn’t a terribly popular choice these days, but I always dug his Eliot Ness. Check out the trailer below, and tell me what you think about seeing him back beneath the fedora.
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