The first issue of the new comic book miniseries Happy!, by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson, has been out in stores for less than a month but it is already being considered for adaptation to the big screen.
Rapper/actor/director RZA is teaming up producer Reginald Hudlin to bring the movie to your local cineplex. Morrison is onboard to provide the screenplay. The trio is currently shopping the project around to studios.
The comic mini-series centers on Nick Sax, a corrupt ex-cop turned hit man who finds himself the only one seeing Happy, a talking, miniature, blue horse with wings who dispenses all sorts of cherry advice. Think of it as a mashup of Sin City, The Bad Lieutenant and a hilariously inappropriate amount of the Care Bears.
Does Happy really exist? Is Nick having some sort of psychotic break from reality? How does it all end? No one knows because the next three issues of the book have yet to be published. But that single issue is a pretty crazy ride and turned out to be a popular seller, at least at the local comic shop I frequent.
This isn’t the first Morrison comics work to be optioned for film. His three-issue miniseries We3, about a dog, a cat and a rabbit who have genetically enhanced intelligence escaping from the military laboratory where they were created was optioned by New Line Studios. Morrison also wrote the screenplay for that project though it seems to have died in development.
RZA’s directorial debut, The Man With The Iron Fists, is due on November 2.
Via Hollywood Reporter.