If you're going to wish to trade your life with someone in the comic book industry, pick Steve Niles. Hollywood wants everything he writes, whether it's a graphic novel or a screenplay, and he has no shortage of either.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest Niles book to go is "Freaks of the Heartland." It's an adaptation that's moving fast -- Overture Films snagged the rights, gave the task of scriptwriting to newcomers Peter Sattler and Geoff Davey, and assigned David Gordon Green ("The Pineapple Express") to direct.
"Freaks" was a six-part series published in 2004 by Dark Horse Comics. The story features a young boy named Trevor Owen, and his younger brother, Will, a deformed "monster" of a child. As you've probably guessed from the title, Will isn't the only deformed child of the town. When their father threatens to shoot Will, Trevor runs away with him, rescuing other local children from a similar fate. But escape isn't that easy for a bunch of mutant kids on the run, nor does their town want to accept the ugly secret at its core.
One of the highlights of the series is Greg Ruth's artwork. I don't think anyone has ever lavished as much detail on wood walls as Ruth did in this book -- every panel is a sepia wonder. And see if your heart doesn't break upon your first glimpse of Will. You can check out a preview of the book on Steve Niles' website. Let's hope the movie stays true to the look even more than it does to the story.
What do you think, readers? Are you a fan of "Freaks" and hoping Overture does it right? Happy to see more of Niles' work on the big screen? Or is it too "The Hills Have Eyes" for you to get behind?