With the Jewish New Year beginning tonight at sundown, it seems appropriate that word of an upcoming film featuring a golem arrived today. Read on for the details of Breath of Bones, an adaptation of the acclaimed Dark Horse Comics miniseries from Steve Niles and Matt Santoro.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Adamson, who directed two of the Chronicles of Narnia movies, is attached to helm Breath of Bones.
The three-issue story, later collected into a hardback graphic novel, was drawn by artist Dave Wachter, who received a 2012 Russ Manning Award nomination for his work.
Breath of Bones is set during World War II and tells of a British plane that crashes into a Jewish village. The crash brings Nazi attention, forcing the villagers to defend themselves, with one rabbi and his grandson building a golem creature and bringing him to monstrous life.
In Jewish folklore a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, magically created entirely from inanimate matter.
“Telling a story can be tough,” Niles told THR. “It’s the one monster rooted in religion and mysticism so I wanted to be respectful. I decided to tell it as a World War II fable. It’s a story of a grandfather teaching his grandson how to make a monster to defend his village against a Nazi invasion.”
Adamson said he was a fan of the book from the outset: “From the moment I saw the cover art, I knew this had the makings of a new classic.”
Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse are producing the adaptation with Adamson and his producing partner at Strange Weather Aron Warner. Jeff Fierson from Strange Weather will executive produce.
Look for more soon!