Popular graphic novels have been adapted to film for decades, and it makes a lot of sense. When a story has been successful in one medium, why not put it to the test in others? The very format of conventional graphic novels lends itself so beautifully to conceptualizing films. It’s a script with pictures. Shuffle some things around and you’ve got a story board! Isn’t it great?
But of course, I’m simplifying. Film adaptations of graphic novels involve making all kinds of creative and logistical decisions about how to make a story work in an entirely different medium from which it was originally imagined. And depending on such decisions, many of these films have been wildly successful at the box office, and many have flopped. Though, no matter the movie’s money making potential, it is always subject to scrutinization by fans of the original comic.
There was a time when critical fans had no one to throw complaints or praise at except those within shouting distance. But the internet has made it possible to hurl abuse at people on the other side of the planet. In all seriousness though, there is an amazing amount of interaction between fans of any given graphic novel and it generates a ton of engaging criticism. So, a person who decided to make one of these beloved comics into a movie can go on-line and find out exactly why some fans loved or hated their interpretation of it.
Some comic book fans are beginning to take things a step further by utilizing social networking sites. It has become entirely possible to create a campaigns that aim to be part of the artistic decision making process before a movie adaptation project has even been put in motion. While doing some research on the “Hack/Slash” series created by Tim Seeley, Stefano Caselli, and Sean Dove, I came across a few different blogs and news sources voicing their opinions about who should play the leading role of Cassie Hack in the film adaptation of the comic that is slated to be produced by Rogue Pictures. According to google search the popular opinion would appear to be Ms. Allison Scagliotti (of “Warehouse 13”).
A relatively small, but dedicated online campaign, #AllisonScag4Cassie, has made its presence on facebook and twitter, and caught the attention of many online media forums. By no means does any of this mean that the producer/director will have to take the fan input into consideration, but isn’t it cool that he could totally choose to?
The goal of the campaign is simply to get Scagliotti cast as Cassie Hack, thus avoiding the ever present possibility of having an actress cast in the role strictly based on their popularity or status as a sex symbol (Megan Fox is a name that has been repeatedly mentioned). I myself am a fan of “Hack/Slash” and while I recognize that Cassie Hack has a sexually charged image, she is also a character with a lot of layers, and it just makes her more of a slasher hacking badass. It would be beyond amazing to see a movie interpretation of the comic that captures those layers, instead of turning her into a one dimensional character. I have high hopes for whoever lands the role.