“You know, it’ll probably need a studio for release. My estimation is to make this movie the way we want to make it, we’ll need independent financing. But the nice thing about independent financing is, you know, a small-budget film is $35 million these days. And that’s about what we’d need to make it.”
Green describes the series as “Revenge of the Nerds” meets “X-Men.” It’s centered on a group of freshmen who, due to a lack of dorm space, are housed in the science building. An awkward group of students, they find themselves mocked and humiliated at a frat party, and facing a miserable four years of higher education. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, they become the victims of a science explosion which grants them the most useless superpowers ever — such as The Flying Squirrel, who can glide, but also compulsively hoards nuts, or “Post-It,” who’s entire body becomes sticky. Talked into becoming a group of crime-fighting superheroes, they have a variety of adventures and battles, almost all ending disastrously.
Green’s directorial experience has been confined to “Robot Chicken,” but since “The Freshmen” won’t require a scale of, say, “The Dark Knight,” I think he can handle it. And it might be nice to have a comic book movie that is aiming to be completely ridiculous instead of dark and gritty, don’t you think?
So, readers — have you been dying to see a movie made of “The Freshmen”? Do you think Green is up for the job of director? Or do you think this is a Top Cow book best left on the shelf?