A big-screen adaptation of the Wildstorm comic book series Danger Girl is in the works with Todd Lincoln directing, according to a Hero Complex interview with its producer Adrian Askarieh.
Askarieh, who’s currently producing Relativity’s film adaptation of Devil’s Due Publishing’s Hack/Slash, described the planned Danger Girl movie as “Kill Bill meets Raiders of the Lost Ark with the “team” element of Mission: Impossible.”
The Danger Girl comic book series debuted in 1998 from creators J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, and has Campbell’s now distinctive buxom hot babe artwork. The series follows Abbey Chase, a treasure-hunting demolitions expert who joins the top-secret Danger Girl organization in their action adventures. All the ladies are well-endowed and gorgeous, typically wearing tight, revealing clothing, but the difference between these babes and those on Baywatch is that the Danger Girls are highly skilled and intelligent, not to mention lethal.
Danger Girl is (and has been) one of my favorite comic book series ever, so I was excited to read this news today. How Askarieh describes the film is exactly how I’d want this adaptation to go down. At first glance, I was a bit apprehensive about this because I was afraid it will turn into Charlie’s Angel if not handled well (Angels was appropriate for its source material, but Danger Girl is NOT Charlie’s Angels). While it’s a fun comic with lots of nods to the spy-action-adventure genre, it’s not a joke, but Askarieh referred to the film as “the anti-Charlie’s Angels,” stating that they are “taking these characters very seriously; a kind of Batman Begins approach,” which makes me feel a whole lot better about this.
The part of the interview I’m not so clear about was the part about Lincoln’s desire to use the same technology that was used for Avatar.
Without giving too much away, he wants to use the technology similar to that used in “Avatar” to bring Campbell’s characters and world to life and yet, at the same time, have the audience fully recognize and be emotionally invested in the actors playing those characters.
I think Danger Girl needs to be more practical effects and not so much fake Avatar land, and please, no 3D (enough already with the 3D).
While no casting news or filming/release dates were revealed, Askarieh said that he hopes to have a “big announcement” ready for this year’s Comic Con International [in San Diego this July].
The film needs at least three young actresses who are sexy, physically fit, and able to pull off a lot of action scenes. For Abbey Chase, I think they should get Elizabeth Banks in training right now, because to me she seems the perfect choice. I’m wondering who could play Aussie Sydney Savage (love her!). Don’t be surprised if they get Zoe Saldana into this cast somehow. Besides the ladies, there’s also Deuce, the head of the Danger Girl operation (clearly modeled after Sean Connery) and the villainous Major Maxim and his Hammer Empire.
This is one movie in development I’ll be on the look out for!