THE STORY: "Girls" by Joshua and Jonathan Luna
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The small community of Pennystown has a big problem: a seemingly endless supply of beautiful, naked, alien women have invaded.
What's the problem? Well, the girls are instinctually eviscerating any human women they come across, having sex with any men they can find, then giving birth to a new crop of girls. The worst part? The entirety of Pennystown is enclosed in a massive shell. No one comes in and no one comes out, at least not until these murderous, sex-crazed girls have been dealt with.
WHY IT WORKS: Just when you thought the potential of the alien invasion genre was fully tapped out, in comes "Girls" by the Luna Brothers. By giving the enemy a very human face—not to mention a beautiful face, at that—Joshua and Jonathan Luna created an all new villain that could sit comfortably with some of the most horrific science-fiction icons in cinema history.
Factor in a bevy of excellent characters, thoughtful debates and genuinely frightening moments, and "Girls" is one of those rare comics that really has it all.
WHY IT DOESN'T: Even the Luna Brothers have to admit that there could be some problems bringing "Girls" to the big screen.
"We realize and accept that some changes might need to be made for a film adaptation," Josh Luna told MTV News. "For example, there are some humorous, wacky moments in the book, but we would really want the tone of a movie adaption to be more on the serious side and play the story completely straight. The crazy aspects of the story can be so crazy, that you almost need to ground it as much as possible to make people really buy into a giant sperm ship or girls who hatch from eggs."
"The mass nudity would be a big hurdle," he added. "There's also a lot of extreme violence, but a lot of people seem to handle that better than nudity."
WHAT TO DO: As the Lunas suggest, it would be wise to scale back some of the more humorous moments, but not at the expense of the story's heart. The issues of nudity and violence are also valid concerns, particularly with the poor reception R-rated comic book fare has received thus far.
One possible solution would be to scale back the content of the series, though the very topic of "Girls" seems to necessitate some sex and violence. "Girls" might be best considered as one of those films you don't bring the children to.
Additionally, some of the book's many characters might have to be cut or marginalized to fit a two-hour run time—but characters like Ethan, Taylor, Wes, Nancy and Kenny are must-haves in my opinion. As for the titular girls? There are a couple ways to approach them, according to the Lunas:
"An unknown seems to make more sense, but we also see the appeal of an iconic actress, like Megan Fox for example. The fact that she is already in the consciousness of audiences could be very beneficial."
LAST WORD: With the comic book movie boom in full swing, chances are good that "Girls" could take a bow on the big screen before too long. The Lunas themselves admitted that there's been "some serious studio interest" that didn't work out for reasons they couldn't disclose, signaling that film companies have their eyes on the hot Image Comics property.
And why wouldn't they? With its sexy and killer concept that both thrills and inspires conversation, "Girls" is a potential Hollywood blockbuster waiting to hatch.
Have you read "Girls" and do you think it'd make for a good film? What are some of your concerns with the property? Let us know what you think in the comments section!