In this week’s Publisher’s Weekly Comics Week, Laurel Maury looks at Top Shelf’s plans for 2008, including their plan to produce a movie based on The Surrogates:
2008 will be a year of new ventures for Top Shelf. For one thing, the company’s coproducing a movie. Co-owner Chris Staros reports that Disney has given a green light to Mandeville Productions to make a movie of The Surrogates, which Top Shelf published in 2006; Top Shelf Productions is listed as one of the producers. Bruce Willis is set to play the lead, Harvey Greer, the detective set on using his own body instead of a robotic “surrogate.” The graphic novel’s author, Robert Venditti (who has a prequel to The Surrogates due out in 2009), is a consultant for the film.
Also on the plate is a new series of kids books from James Kochalka and the next eagerly anticipated chapter in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen saga.
Also in this week’s PWCW: Chris Arrant looks at Nickelodeon Magazine; Will Moss looks at some upcoming Conan projects; Laura Hudson talks to Jamie Delano about his upcoming Avatar series; and Kai-Ming Cha examines Wiley’s upcoming Shakespeare adaptations.