Now, Liquid and Mandalay Pictures have teamed up to bring “Ramayan 3392 AD” to the big screen. Fans of the property will be happy to know that it’s in good hands — “300” producer Mark Canton is producing the film, and screenwriter John Collee (“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) is penning the script.
“Ramayan” is a re-imagining of an ancient Hindu epic centered around the legendary Prince Rama. In mythology, the blue-skinned Rama is the most popular deity in some schools of Hinduism, and his legends are deeply influential. In fact, it’s probably no surprise to those familiar with Hindu thought that he would get his own comic book re-imagining.
And he’s received a pretty interesting makeover — he now resides in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and pitted against Ravan, an evil overlord who is half-living, half-cybernetic. Rama is a reluctant hero, chosen by the gods to be pitted against the malevolent forces sweeping across Earth. You can check out a preview of the book over on Virgin Comics’ site. It’s certainly a wildly imaginative take on a legend that’s foreign to many of us.
What do you think, readers? Intrigued by this new epic? Or does it have the potential of offending too many people? After all, many religious individuals would be shocked to see their stories written for pop culture.