EXCLUSIVE: Brian Bendis Says ‘Torso’ Movie Is ‘Not Dead Yet’

As longtime readers know, we’ve been closely following the ups and downs of a potential adaptation of Brian Bendis’ graphic novel “Torso” for quite a while now. The crime drama follows a post-Untouchables Eliot Ness as he investigates the one of the nation’s first serial killers, and at one point in the project’s move to the big screen, David Fincher was attached to direct with Matt Damon, Casey Affleck and Rachel McAdams tagged for lead roles.

While the project initially attracted significant buzz, Paramount let its rights to the adaptation expire back in January, leaving many people—including Bendis himself—uncertain if it had a future in Hollywood. However, just like any good comic book character, the project isn’t staying dead for very long, and Bendis revealed during a recent visit to Splash Page HQ that the “Torso” movie has found momentum once again.

“A week ago I had final, but this weekend, not so much with the final,” said Bendis when I asked if he had a “final word” on the project’s status.

The celebrated writer and artist (who’s also one of the chief architects of the current Marvel Comics universe) offered a short recap of the project’s history before explaining where it’s at now.

“Last December, we got the green light … and then three days later there was no green light,” he said. “Imagine you get a call, you won the lottery… [then] no, you didn’t. It’s much worse than never getting the call. It was a very exciting moment, and then it went away.”

“The rights reverted back to [co-creator Marc Andreyko] and myself, and it all kind of went away,” he continued. “Now, not so much. Things are percolating back and movement is afoot behind the scenes to get it going again with all the principals, so… we’ll see what happens.”

So, despite all of the starts and stops and his own uncertainty regarding the future of “Torso” as a feature film, Bendis insisted that developments over the last week or so have made the future look bright for his dark crime drama.

“Not dead yet,” he laughed, adding that the phrase might be an appropriate subtitle when he creates the follow-up to “Fortune and Glory,” the book he published in 2000 chronicling his experiences with Hollywood. His initial efforts to get the “Torso” movie made are among those he chronicles in the book, which is receiving a full-color, hardcover reprint in December.

“[That] will be the sequel to ’Fortune and Glory,'” he laughed. “Not Dead Yet.”

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