We've seen bunches of comic books, movies and televisions series that tell you what happens when aliens target Earth for invasion -- but what about when the war is over and everyone has to pick up the pieces and get back to their lives?
That's the key theme of "Resurrection," writer Marc Guggenheim's comic book series from Oni Press, which he's simultaneously scripting as a monthly comic and as a screenplay for a feature-length film. Originally published as a black-and-white, six-issue series, "Resurrection" was optioned by Universal last year and then relaunched as a new comic book series this week, following a different set of characters living through the same post-invasion period.
"It’s sort of like when you look at a sculpture and you're only looking at it straight on," Guggenheim told MTV News of writing the comic book and screenplay in parallel. "You’re going to miss things if you don’t look at it from the opposite angle. So, simultaneously working on the feature and the comic book forces you to examine the characters from all these different points of view."
For the new, full relaunched comic book series, Guggenheim said he kept in mind that, for many readers, this would be their first introduction to the characters and landscape of his post-invasion Earth. So, while he plans to seed some of the characters from the previous series into the current story as it progresses, there's no need to look backward before jumping into the current series.
However, that means an entirely new cast of characters will face the dilemmas of a world in which the explosions suddenly stopped one day, and the planet's remaining survivors wander out into the light after years in hiding.
"One of the things that I always felt with 'Resurrection' was that I was creating a world more than anything else," said Guggenheim. "The canvas I’m working on is so big because it’s a global story. It’s about the entire world. That’s what’s fun about approaching the comic and the movie at the same time: I get to work on as broad a canvas as possible, across two different mediums and two different industries."
However, Guggenheim explained that one medium wasn't exclusively feeding the other, as is often the case with comic book properties targeted for adaptation.
"I’m a very big believer that a feature version of something needs to be its own animal," he said. "Just as the comic book version needs to be its own animal, all the ideas that are generated in the comic book become grist for the mill on the feature side. But there are also things I’ve thought of for the feature that have started to find their way into the comic book. So, the two projects talk to each other, but it’s more by a natural progression and a natural process than any sort of grand plan to link the two."
On the movie side, though, Guggenheim said fans can expect the scale of the film to match the grand scope of the comic book series -- and there's reason to believe that will be the case, too. Producer Scott Stuber, who brought "Resurrection" to Universal, is currently serving as an executive producer on another Oni adaptation with a lot to live up to and a lot of imagination behind it: the live-action adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World."
"We just want to make 'Resurrection' as big as humanly possible," said Guggenheim.
"Resurrection" #1, featuring a story by Marc Guggenheim and art by Justin Greenwood, is on shelves now.
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