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Page to screen: Vampire Hunter: D and Polar comics land adaptions

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Feb 26, 2018, 2:47 PM EST

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.

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