There’s no hotter medium to adapt than comics, nor has there been for over a decade. Now two entries with much darker subject matter than Marvel or DC’s latest offerings have landed adaptations.
Vampire Hunter: D comic writer Brandon Easton will be bringing an animated pilot to life for co-producers Unified Pictures and Digital Frontier while Dark Horse's graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold is becoming a 2019 Netflix film directed by Jonas Åkerlund and written by Jayson Rothwell.
The former comic, which is based on Hideyuki Kikuchi’s genre-melding novels, has had an animated series in development since 2015, but grabbing the current comic’s talent is the first practical step the proposed adaptation has taken in a while.
With this reveal, Easton told Anime News Network that he’s “had to manage the expectations of three entities: the creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, the producers at Digital Frontier and Unified Pictures, and ultimately myself.” This pilot will reportedly be based on the seventh and eighth issues of Vampire Hunter: D, also known as the “Mysterious Journey to the North Sea” storyline.
With more concrete news, Polar, the film adaptation of the Victor Santos webcomics and graphic novels, already has a star-studded cast in place (including Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, and Matt Lucas) to tell its story of an aging assassin.
Duncan Vizla, known as The Black Kaiser, is pulled out of retirement by some whippersnappers out to retire him permanently. Now that production is underway in Toronto, this snow-filled tale will add yet another high-visibility original to Netflix’s growing roster of proprietary genre content.