Thursday, February 04, 2010
Friends of the Cow: Jeff Katz Comments on the Comic Book Movie Decade
It's been 10 years since the film version of The X-Men hit theaters, kicking off a decade in movies that was heavily influenced by comic books and the geeks who love them.
And as Hollywood begins a new decade, the growing relationship between comics and movies shows no signs of slowing. Unlike the disaster films of the '70s or the high school films of the '80s, comic book movies appear to be more popular now than ever before, despite dominating the Hollywood landscape for over a decade.
"Comic book movies are here to stay," said Jeff Katz, the movie producer and comic book publisher who worked on films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine. "I would say, even though they technically fall into a lot of different genres, they’re actually like a genre unto themselves. And it's one of the most desirable genres in Hollywood."
This year alone, film studios have already scheduled the release of 10 comic book movies, from April's real world superhero film Kick-Ass, to this summer's quirky Michael Cera movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, to next fall's star-packed spy thriller Red. All are based on stories that were originally told through comic books.
Read the entire article here.