Though it seems no one is capable of finalizing the details for a movie adaptation of Tim Seeley’s popular comic book series Hack/Slash — a project that’s been discussed since Summer 2007 — the comic creator’s next series, which has yet to be released, has already been green-lit for cinematic adaptation. Taking a step back from the horror and gore of “slashers” and uber-sexy heroine Cassie Hack, Tim Seeley’s latest franchise is titled Wild Game and focuses on the exploits of werewolves — a fact that has movie studios chomping at the bit, so to speak, when it comes to the series’s movie rights.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Underground Films and Daniel Alter are teaming up to produce the Wild Game adaptation with Kevin Seamus Fahey (Battlestar Galactica) penning the script. Although described as “30 Days of Night with werewolves” — which is probably just a poor choice of words — the film’s plot as reported by BD actually sounds rather compelling:
“In a world where Werewolves were long ago hunted nearly to extinction by humans and thought only to be urban legends, the few remaining packs live among us in secret. But, the beast can’t be caged forever. Once a year: runaways, homeless people, anyone who won’t be missed… are captured and brought to a secluded private destination to be hunted for game by the last living Werewolves on earth.”
The timing of the Wild Game announcement might leave some thinking that Underground Films wants to ride the coattails of the recently released film Wolfman, but even if we ignore the fact that there really are no coattails to ride, the argument can certainly be made that the timing of the announcement has more to do with coincidence — or, hell, even with the Twilight or Underworld franchises — than it does with anything else.
If all goes well, Tim Seeley’s latest endeavor will not only spawn an excellent comic book series sure to whet the appetites of Hack/Slash and horror comic fans alike, but will also be the impetus for one of the greatest contemporary werewolf horror films to be released to date.
For more information on Wild Game, head over to Bloody Disgusting where you can view some sneak previews of the artwork for Seeley’s Wild Game. Seeley’s official web site is under construction at the moment, but if you’d like a taste of some of his other work, including that for Hack/Slash, you can visit his deviantART page.