WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A group of super-powered misfits carve out their way in a flooded post-apocalyptic London that they helped destroy.
Personal issues and histories gradually complicate their situation as the story zooms out to show who and what lies beyond their urban fortress community of Whitechapel.
WHY IT WORKS: Post-apocalyptic landscapes have been all the rage for years now, but there has yet to be a definitive steampunk-styled future on the big screen that really combines ultra-imaginative prop design with a setting as bleak as “Children of Men” or “The Road.” The story has the same underlying breed of mystery event that’s behind “Heroes” with the young-adult rage issues that make the kids in “Lord of the Flies” or “Battle Royale” so vicious.
If crowds will flock to see vampire kids in “Twilight” and witch kids in the “Harry Potter” franchise, “FreakAngels” would be the natural next level for them to grow into with its loathsome psychic kids at the end of the world hook.
Furthermore, the comic is already free and online, meaning there’s a golden marketing tool already out there and accessible for unfamiliar audience members, who could easily be interested by the right cast.
WHY IT DOESN’T: The story is still ongoing, and the big reveals haven’t been given up yet, though that didn’t stop “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” from getting made.
Steampunk has proved difficult for Hollywood to get right over the years in films like “Wild Wild West” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” The challenge and demands of convincingly pulling off the “FreakAngels” world in live action would also run the risk of creating another “Waterworld.”
HOW TO DO IT: Alfonso Cuarón could take this project to the hoop with the mastery of pacing and post-civilized world design that he implemented in “Children of Men.” He might even be able to bring on an actor or two from his days on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” since Tom Felton could play a fine Kirk and Bonnie Wright could pull off Janine, whose boyfriend Luke could be easily matched with actor Ed Westwick from “Gossip Girl.”
Ellis inflated a big world when he launched this comic, and there’s a rich rundown of story beats that have already been told, so there may even be potential for a trilogy treatment by the time this webcomic unfurls further.
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