Looks like the production company Benderspink is looking at another comic book series to make into a movie. Not too long ago they were reported to team up with Summit to bring ‘Area 52’ to the big screen, now they have optioned the film rights for ‘Turf.’
‘Turf’ is a four issue comic book series that debuted last year and was written by Jonathan Ross and illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards. The two were introduced by comic writer extraordinaire Mark Millar who had worked with Edwards on ‘1985’ for Marvel. Many may know Ross as one of Britain’s most popular TV and radio broadcasters but he is also an avid comic book collector and rumored to have the biggest private collection of comic books in the UK.
In a nutshell, ‘Turf’ could be described as gangsters vs. aliens vs. vampires set during the prohibition era but here’s the official synopsis from the comic’s website:
New York, 1929. The height of prohibition. The cops turn a blind eye while the mobs run the city, dealing in guns, girls and illegal liquor. But the arrival of the mysterious Dragonmir Family from Eastern Europe with more of a taste for blood then booze coincides with a series of brutal attacks on the gangsters themselves. As the gangs fall before the fangs, only a handful of mobsters survive. But an unlikely alliance formed between tough guy Eddie Falco and a character from a LONG way from New York City – a long way from Earth in fact – offers the humans a glimmer of hope. As the strong willed young reporter Susie Dale from the Gotham Herald tries to survive in the middle of the maelstrom, and an ancient prophecy unfolds, no one can guess who’s going to win the battle for this particular slice of Turf.
Among other projects, Ross and Edwards are also planning to combine their talents for a sequel to ‘Turf’ which will be set in 1942 just before the US’s involvement in World War II. The story will see both the Nazi and US governments racing to find alien weapons that were rumored to be hidden on Earth after the events of the first ‘Turf’ series.
‘Turf’ is still in development, but with Ross being married to Jane Goldman, who penned the screenplay for ‘Kick Ass’ and ‘X-men: First Class’ for director Michael Vaughn, there’s sure to be connections they can pull to ensure this project is done right.