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“Writing Their First Interaction Was Incredibly Delicious” – Del Col And McCreery Talk Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini

Posted on August 4, 2014 by Dan Wickline

An idea that I’m surprise if no one has ever done before. The great detective Sherlock Holmes meets the escape artist Harry Houdini. The new series from Dynamite is being written by Kill Shakespeare writers Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, and Byron Brewer sat down to talk to the pair of creators about the project.

BYRON BREWER: First, Anthony, what did it feel like to have your work, Kill Shakespeare, nominated for a Harvey Award? Pretty cool.

ANTHONY DEL COL: Pretty cool? Actually, pretty freakin’ cool! It was completely unexpected as this was the first series that Conor and I had ever done. The Harveys are voted on by fellow members of the industry so it made us feel that we had been accepted by the community.

CONOR MCCREERY: Weirdly enough at that Harvey Awards dinner we sat beside Nick Barrucci. I remember thinking he was a very sarcastically funny guy and that he seemed to have a great head on his shoulders for the business and that it would be great to work with him one day.And they say dreams don’t come true.

BB: Can you describe the process of how you and co-writer Conor McCreery work as a team?

C: It’s a fluid thing – like for H&H Anthony took it on himself to bring all these amazing ideas to our first story meeting. I didn’t even open my notebook to mention any of the thoughts I had – his were that amazing! After that we worked together on “breaking” the story and figuring out what the five issues will be. Writing-wise what we usually do is one guy is “lead” writer on an issue and the other guy story-edits and does a pass at the end.

A: And then if we have any disagreements we resort to Rock-Paper-Scissors to determine whose idea sees the light of day. We both competed in the first-annual World Rock-Paper-Scissors Championships a number of years ago so we’re both good. Okay, alright, we both throw the same moves so it ends up as a stalemate…

C: Anthony’s being modest – he actually was a quarterfinalist and lost to the eventual World Champion. So, given THAT skill set I have an excellent incentive to compromise when I’m being stubborn – GRIN.

BB: Have you ever written an adventure of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes before?

A: I’ve always thought that Holmes was an amazing character but never had the nerve or gumption to tackle writing an adventure with him before. I’m so glad that Dynamite has given us the opportunity – he’s a blast to write for! I feel like I’m getting smarter just by trying to get in his mind.

C: See, and writing Holmes just makes me feel dumb… wait… that was all the “research” I did for Holmes’ character flaw.

BB: How does our master sleuth become involved with the great performer Houdini?

C: Well I’d like to say that Holmes is naturally drawn to other people who display excellence and that he seeks out Houdini as a way to test out another exceptional talent. I’d LIKE to say that, but the truth is, well, Holmes is in a bit of trouble when he first meets Harry. I can’t say anything more though. I don’t want to spoil the fun.

A: Writing their first interaction was incredibly delicious. Here we have two accomplished, smart and arrogant men in the same room, trying to test the other person. It really felt like scripting a boxing match but instead of punches they’re throwing verbal jabs and witticisms. And everyone else in the room just stands back and watches these two titans go at it.

BB: Can you tell us at what point in Houdini’s career this piece takes place? He was a very different man at different points during his career.

A: Our story is set in 1900, which is when Houdini is starting to blow up internationally as the master of escape. It’s his first tour of London (the centre of Europe) and he’s hoping to really draw in huge crowds and become an international superstar. It’s interesting that most people think of him as American (and he pretty much believed it to be true) but he was actually born in Europe.

C: We’ve also drawn heavily on a couple of other elements of Houdini’s life and sort of planted the seeds in this story. One is his love of film, and the other was his later-life obsession in “outing” spiritualists – who he felt were at best irresponsible, and at worst out and out crooks, for suggesting that there are powers beyond our understanding at work in the world.It’s that viewpoint that’s going to get HARRY in trouble in our story…

BB: And the big-bad is … ?

C: Oh you can’t expect we’ll tell you that! For shame, well-oiled Dynamite marketing machine! For shame!

A: Conor’s right – trying to get us to reveal the big bad this early would be even harder than escaping from one of Houdini’s tricks. We really wanted to come up with a character that was smart as well as physically imposing, and we think we’ve come up with just the right fit…

BB: Are you a student of magical history or a fan of the late performer?

A: For myself, it’s only lately that I’ve started to become really intrigued by magic. I had the fortune to meet magician Jon Armstrong (who actually created a comic series, Smoke & Mirrors, with IDW) and see a couple of his shows and left each one shaking my head at how he did it. What’s interesting is that when we went last month I could already guess at some of their techniques because of research for Holmes vs. Houdini.

C: Do we count liking Gob from Arrested Development as being a “student of magical history?” Then yes. Yes, I am.

BB: What would you say about the art of Carlos Furuzono?

A: Well, I was disappointed at first that my original pitch of doing the entire series in my poorly-drawn stick figures wasn’t approved… But seriously, Joe, Nick and the team at Dynamite did a great job finding and recruiting Carlos to work on this series. The early pages that I’ve seen are amazing and I think he’s a real talent ready to make it to the next level.

C: I was also disappointed about the stick figures…

For more on Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini #1, click here.
05/29/24 @ 6:04 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Blumhouse has made official that which is already out there: Doctor Sleep filmmaker Mike Flanagan is writing, directing and producing “a radical new take” on The Exorcist in a new film with the genre producer and Morgan Creek. This all comes in the wake of the last movie, The Exorcist: Believer, flailing at the B.O. with $65.5M U.S./Canada and $136.2M WW, this after NBCUni, Peacock, Blumhouse bought the rights from Morgan Creek back in July 2021 for $400M. David Gordon Green, the director of that movie, withdrew from the next installment. The next movie here about demon-possessed people and the Jesuit priests that wrangle them is billed as “an all-new story set in The Exorcist universe and is not a sequel to 2023’s The Exorcist: Believer” per the press release. The film will be produced by Trevor Macy on behalf of Intrepid Pictures and Flanagan via his new Red Room Pictures banner. John Scherer will also be working on the film on behalf of Intrepid. (via Deadline)

05/29/24 @ 5:59 pm EST
Source: BOOM! Studios | Categories: MIsc

BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at RARE FLAVOURS #6, the final issue of the brand new series from the Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo Award-nominated team behind the critically acclaimed series The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, writer Ram V (Detective Comics, These Savage Shores), artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel), and letterer AndWorld Design, in this painstakingly prepared series for fans of food, art, and the celebration of life, available this June. Against all odds, Rubin and Mo’s documentary seems like it will finally be finished… but with Rubin nowhere to be found, just what exactly is he intending? Ram V and Filipe Andrade’s delectable story of celebrity, demons, and that indelible magic of cooking reaches its climactic final issue, with an ending that cements the book as another must-read from the Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo-Award nominated team. RARE FLAVOURS #6 features main cover art by series artist Filipe Andrade, with variants by Vincenzo Riccardi (Damn Them All) and Paul Pope (THB, Heavy Liquid). RARE FLAVOURS is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A.L. Kaplan; Damn Them All by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; Ghostlore by Cullen Bunn and Leomacs; Sirens of the City by Joanne Starer and Khary Randolph; Coda by Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara; Underheist by David and Maria Lapham; and Animal Pound by Tom King and Peter Gross. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Corrino from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Simone Ragazzoni; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; and The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Andy Diggle, Rubine, and Francesco Pisa. RARE FLAVOURS #6 will be available in comic shops June 26, 2024. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

Rare Flavours #6 A Main: APR240093

Rare Flavours #6 B Variant: APR240094

Rare Flavours #6 C 1:15 INCV: APR240095

Rare Flavours #6 D Unlockable Var: APR240096

Fans and readers can purchase copies of RARE FLAVOURS SC, collecting the entire six-issue series, in comic shops on August 14, 2024 and in bookstores everywhere August 20, 2024.

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05/29/24 @ 2:31 pm EST
Source: Skybound | Categories: Skybound

Today Skybound and Image Comics announced the upcoming return of the Eisner Award nominated series Ultramega by creator, writer, and artist James Harren (BPRD, Rumble) and colorist Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Universal Monsters: Creature from the Black Lagoon Lives!). The next chapter of the critically acclaimed series that absolutely rocked the world of comics when it debuted will return to comic book shops with Ultramega #5 on September 18, 2024. Following the devastating events in volume one, Noah takes on the Ultramega mantle from his father, but will he be able to save the world...or has the world been doomed from the start? When Kaiju invaded Earth, three humans were granted the power of Ultramega to save humanity…They failed. Now, a new Ultramega has risen in this brutal world without heroes or hope. But the Kaiju Queen isn’t the only challenge he must face. Deep in the stars, they gather. Psychotic. Cold. A WORLD of ULTRAMEGA. “James is one of the most talented comic book creators working today, and with ULTRAMEGA Arc 2, he’s topped himself” said Sean Mackiewicz, SVP, Publisher, Skybound. “The second arc features fights even more colossal than the first, horror more cosmic than you can even comprehend, and a hero’s journey warped by shattered bones and hundreds of gallons of spilled blood. It’s the BEST.” The massive 72-page issue will feature a main cover by Harren & Stewart, an open to order variant cover by the legendary Mike Mignola (Hellboy) & Stewart, a 1:10 incentive black and white variant cover by Mignola, a 1:25 incentive black and white variant cover by Harren, and a blank sketch cover. Ultramega by James Harren #5 (SRP $7.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, September 18, 2024.

The full list of covers is below:

Ultramega #5 Cover A by Harren & Stewart (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

Ultramega #5 Cover B by Mignola & Stewart (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

Ultramega #5 Cover C (1:10 Incentive Variant) by Mignola (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

Ultramega #5 Cover D (1:25 Incentive Variant) by Harren (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

Ultramega #5 Cover E Blank Sketch Cover (Lunar Code Coming Soon)

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05/29/24 @ 2:33 pm EST

Masters of the Universe has found its He-Man. Nicholas Galitzine, who recently starred in Amazon MGM rom-com The Idea of You, has been cast in the studio’s live-action Masters movie, which has Travis Knight set to direct. Knight will direct from a screenplay by Chris Butler. Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner and Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing. Masters centers on Prince Adam of Eternia who, thanks to his Power Sword, turns into He-Man and is embued with superhuman strength and abilities, which he uses to defend his native planet and Castle Grayskull. Masters has been dated by Amazon for a worldwide theatrical release on June 5, 2026. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

05/29/24 @ 2:11 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: Sherlock Holmes

Hero Fiennes Tiffin

Prime Video has handed a series order to Young Sherlock, inspired by Andy Lane’s critically acclaimed Young Sherlock Holmes book series, starring Hero Fiennes Tiffin in the title role. Guy Ritchie is set to direct and executive produce the eight-episode series, which will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. Written and executive produced by showrunner Matthew Parkhill (Deep State, Rogue), Young Sherlock is touted as an irreverent, action-packed origin story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective in an explosive re-imagining of this iconic character. At age 19, Sherlock Holmes is disgraced, raw, unfiltered, and unformed, when he finds himself caught up in a murder mystery at Oxford University which threatens his freedom. Diving into his first-ever case with a wild lack of discipline, Sherlock manages to unravel a globe-trotting conspiracy that will change his life forever. (via Deadline)

05/28/24 @ 10:22 pm EST
Source: Hollywood Reporter | Categories: MIsc

Knives Out 3' Adds Andrew Scott to Cast

Rian Johnson's third Knives Out movie is continuing to expand its cast. Andrew Scott joins the growing list of performers for the latest film in the crime franchise, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. Last week, director Johnson announced the movie’s title as Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery. Scott joins previously confirmed castmembers Daniel Craig, Josh O’Connor and Cailee Spaeny in the project that counts Johnson and Ram Bergman as producers. Netflix announced last week that the third film will follow a new murder mystery in a yet-to-be-disclosed setting and will feature another colorful array of suspects catching the attention of returning detective Benoit Blanc (Craig).

05/28/24 @ 10:17 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

Headshot of Adria Arjona

The cast of Ed Brubaker’s graphic novel-based series Criminal is coming together with the addition of Adria Arjona (Hit Man, Andor) in a series regular role. She joins the previously-announced Richard Jenkins. Criminal is an interlocking universe of crime stories based on the multi-Eisner Award-winning graphic novel series created by Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Arjona will bring to life Greta, a sharp-tongued top-level car thief and driver and the widowed mother of Angie. Ever since her husband died in a bank job gone bad, Greta has been battling with herself about how to escape the only life she’s ever known – and the only place she’s ever thrived. The problem is, she’s good at this. She’s looking for a big score, a lump of money she can use like a gun to shoot her and Angie out of this life and into another one. Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are confirmed to direct the first four episodes. (via Deadline)

05/28/24 @ 1:45 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: DC

Colin Farrell in 'The Penguin'

Sky has swooped for The Penguin. Max‘s Warner Bros. Television and DC Studios drama series starring Colin Farrell as the titular character will air day-and-date with the pay-TV network in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, in one of Sky’s biggest deals in recent months, which was struck at the LA Screenings. Launching later this year on Max and created by Lauren LeFranc, The Penguin sees Farrell reprise his role as the Gotham City gangster from Matt Reeves‘ The Batman. Cast also includes Theo Rossi, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Deirdre O’Connell, Clancy Brown, and Michael Zegen. The series will launch in the fall on Max, Sky Atlantic and Sky streamer Now. Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, The Penguin is produced by Reeves’ 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Reeves and 6th & Idaho are under an overall deal. The series is executive produced by Reeves, Dylan Clark, Farrell, Bill Carraro and Daniel Pipski. LeFranc is writer and showrunner. Craig Zobel directs the first three episodes. (via Deadline)

05/28/24 @ 1:19 pm EST
Source: ComicBook | Categories: Marvel

Check Out These Images For X-MEN '97

ComicBook's Phase Zero podcast has spoken with X-Men '97 director Jake Castorena about the wild Season 1 finale of the animated series and the wait for another season. He has confirmed Marvel Studios is already hard at work on another batch of mutant adventures, but that no one is trying to rush things after the well-received first salvo of X-Men '97. While fans and critics have been lauding the work of showrunner Beau DeMayo and his team, people must realize that Marvel was working on X-Men '97 for multiple years before the animated series took Disney+ by storm. (via ComicBook.com)

Check out what else the creative had to say during the Phase Zero interview: https://youtu.be/3EnUoz4BIFY

05/28/24 @ 12:58 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: MIsc

James Ward Byrkit, Kate Andrews

Director James Ward Byrkit and producer Kate Andrews (It’s What’s Inside) are developing a feature follow-up to Coherence, the sci-fi thriller co-written, directed and executive produced by Byrkit, which has garnered a cult following since its release to critical acclaim in 2013. Plot details are being kept under lock and key — including whether the new film will be a prequel, sequel, or a different story entirely. Byrkit will be at the helm as director and will also pen the script with his co-story writing partner Alex Manugian from the original film. Andrews will produce under her Boldly Go Productions following the sale of her first film It’s What’s Inside to Netflix for a festival high $17 million at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Starring Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon and more, 2013's Coherence watches as eight friends at a dinner party experience a disturbing chain of reality-bending events when a comet passes by, unraveling hidden truths and testing their grasp on reality. (via Deadline)

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