We reported awhile back that the comic book called 'Freaks of the Heartland' was picked up to be adapted into a film. The comic was written by '30 days of Night' writer Steve Niles who has got a couple other movies in the works such as 'waking the dead' and the '30 Days of Night' sequel. Niles recently gave an interview in which he tells us that the script for the film is done and has been turned in.
The movie also has a director attached by the name of David Gordon Green. This is the same guy that directed Seth Rogan's 'Pineapple Express'. sure that was a comedy but his earlier films were actually quite dark. Niles explains:
“It’s funny, because now he’s on everyone’s radar because of ‘Pineapple Express’ — but I was a fan of his before that and I know that he had wanted to do ‘Freaks of the Heartland. I think he’s got a movie in between, but right now we actually have a screenplay and we’re going back to work on that. And that’s just progressing great.”
If you don't know what 'Freaks of the Heartland' is about here is the comic book description:
Under the weathered skies of America's heartland, and in the wounded hearts of every family in one tiny rural town, a terrible secret has been kept for too many years. Now, a young boy named Trevor must try to keep his younger brother Will from falling victim to the worst fears of a troubled town that can't begin to understand the tragic secret that binds its families together. Some folks would call Trevor's brother a monster. But to Trevor, Will is just another kid trapped in a dark reality he can't comprehend. When the situation moves from bad to worse, and their father threatens to do away with Will, Trevor learns that they're not alone - that "freak" children were born to other families in Gristlewood Valley. Against all odds, and with nothing but love for his brother in his heart, Trevor is going to do whatever he can to get the freak children out of harm's way, if it's not already too late.
I have read the comic book and I really liked it. The story is straight forward and simple but it deals with pretty powerful issues. On top of the the writing was really quite good. I really liked the artwork as well. I could see this being translated to the big screen very easily and without loosing anything in the story the comic book tells. In fact they may be able to incorporate some new ideas into the movie because the comic wasn't very long. It didn't seem long anyway. I think the movie will end up being really good. I'm looking forward to it.
Has anyone else read the comic book?