Doctor, Unstable Patient, Mental Hospital, Werewolves, Oh My!

by Joey Paur



'Welcome to Hoxford' is the most recent comic book to get picked up for a potential film adaptation and it was picked up by producer Chis Columbus and his 1492 Entertainment production company. I have not read this comic yet but after reading what it is about you bet I will, this story sounds awesome! 'Welcome to Hoxford' is a four issue comic book mini-series created written and drawn by Ben Templesmith and published by IDW Publishing. Here is the plot summary:

Raymond Delgado isn't well. He's the newest inmate at the Hoxford Correctional Facility and Mental Institution. He has no hope of release, parole, rehabilitation, or decent conversation. On a good day, he'll tell you he's Zeus and only bite your arm off. Literally. On a bad day, you won't have time to scream to the prison guard for help. But Dr. Jessica Ainley, his doctor for five, years wants to help Ray and can't understand why the newly privatized, corporately-run prison won't give her access to her patients, and her concerns for the prisoner’s wellbeing are ignored. As the new prisoners settle in, conflict arises and after a bloody incident in the showers the inmates are put under lock down. Dr. Ainley keeps trying to gain access to her old patients, and after a shocking encounter with Ray she is locked in the Warden's office with a strange old man who sheds some light on the Usmanov Corporation, until night fall when he and the entire prison staff transform into Werewolves and begin hunting the prisoners. Ray, believing that as Cronos Lord of the Titans he must battle the monsters, leads the escaped prisoners to the prison armory where they stock up on weapons and then begin to fight back against the werewolves.

Templesmith talks about this new deal a little bit with MTV here is what he had to say:

“Well, it all technically started years ago when my mother met my father first met and really hit it off, one thing led to another and…well you get the idea,” joked Templesmith. “Basically, when the comic came out, the usual books were sent out to the usual people to see if there was any sniffs out in Hollywood. … Months later, by the time I was putting the TPB together, I got word 1492 was interested and it went from there.”


Now just because he has sold the rights does not mean it will get made into a movie, although I really hope it does. With Chris Columbus behind it, if he wants with his track record he could get the movie off the ground. This is supposed to be a pretty hardcore blood splattered story which would be a different outfit for a guy that has made movies like 'Home Alone' and 'Harry Potter'. But, Templesmith doesn't seem to worried.

“Good sir, I’ll have you know the guy wrote ‘Gremlins’ — [and that was] actually one of the more formative films of my youth. Back then, it scared the hell out of me! Basically, he’s someone with a track record and a long list of films under his belt. You can’t really ask for more than that.”


Well, I'm sure you could ask for more but why would you things are really looking good for him. As for what Templesmith's role will be in the film production he say's:

“I’m definitely gunning to do something if I can be useful — most definitely on the visual side of things. As a storyteller and creator I would definitely like to have some form of input. Most people would. Especially after my involvement with ‘30 Days of Night’ was relatively nonexistent in the end. Everything on that I truly owe to the magnificent director David Slade who was a huge fan of my actual art. In the end though, it’s all about what 1492 wants, and I understand that.


I'm sure they will let him in on the film action. They have no reason not too. This movie could be very cool. I hope it gains some momentum and actually gets made. It got everything a good horror movie needs!Chris Columbus,

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