Comics' greatest rag-tag crew of alien soldiers is finally getting the attention it deserves, with an epic movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney. But can Disney re-create Alien Legion's gritty space war without turning it PG?
Alien Legion was created by Carl Potts as a comic series about an alien foreign legion — think of it as the French Foreign Legion mixed with Halo and Band of Brothers. It's fairly realistic, for a series about an Alien Legion, but the audience really gets sucked in by these characters and what they have to do to survive war in space.
According to USA Today, Dark Horse is coming out with a new four-issue Alien Legion comic series in 2010, with Chuck Dixon and Larry Stroman. But the big news is Alien Legion may finally be making its way onto the big screen.
"Alien Legion has been optioned for some time," Potts confirms. "The script is currently in its third rewrite." In a recent interview with film fan-site Heyuguys.co.uk, Derek Haas revealed that he and writing partner Michael Brandt (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma) are reworking the Alien Legion script for Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney. Potts believes Bruckheimer is the type of producer who could do a great job on a film version of Legion. "Bruckheimer's never done a science-fiction before, so that challenge, I think, is something that would hold his interest. The success they've had with blending CGI and live-action characters in The Pirates of the Caribbean series could translate easily to an Alien Legion film."
My only concern is the Disney/Bruckheimer element, because after all this is a gritty series. But Disney is getting darker and darker with some recent projects, and this would be a pretty big step for them. So we're cautiously optimistic, especially since the project has been kicked around for years and somehow something always seems to get in the way.