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Johnny Depp to Produce REX MUNDI Comic Book Adaptation

Movie Johnny Depp by Joey Paur

Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to a comic book series called Rex Mundi which will get a big screen adaptation produced by Johnny Depp and his production company, Infinitum Nihil. Screenwriters Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal have been hired to write the script for the film. This writing team also worked on the story for Joseph Kosinski's Tron: Legacy. Interestingly enough, the creator of the comic book Arvid Nelson also co-created Kosinski's Oblivion comic, which is now being adapted into a film retitled Horizons

The comic book went through for 38 issues between 2003 and 2009. Issues 1-18 and a zero issue were published by Image, and a additional 1-19 issues were published at Dark Horse. The story tells of an alternate 1930's universe in which the Catholic Church still holds primary political power over a feudalistic world and in which a murder mystery is played against a search for the Holy Grail.

This sounds like it will make for a fun movie. I like the concept of a 1930 alternate universe and the search for the Holy Grail. I haven't read the comic book, but if you have please tell us what you thought, and if you think it will make for a good movie. 

Here's a description of the comic:

The series is a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery. It is set in the year 1933, in an alternate history Europe, where magic is real, feudalism persisted, and the Protestant Reformation was crushed by a still politically powerful Catholic Church. All of this is woven together as "... a meditation on the prophecies surrounding the advent of the Bahá'í era." The book takes its name from the Latin term meaning King of the World. It is derived from the Cathar heresies of the Middle Ages, and taken up in works like The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Within the Cathar context it seems to have been equated with the Demiurge.

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