More Will Eisner Films on the Way

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    I would love to see some of his tenement stories get made, I just don't know who they could get to tell them without any major re-writing or "improving". They could be done cheaply too – no CGI to speak of. As indie films I think they could clean up. In style and subject matter, Woody Allen came closest in Radio Days. That could be an amazing pairing.I think there's a large number of actors in hollywood who could do justice to the roles. Adrian Brody could do well.I fear they will become "Package" films. CAA will select a director and cast from their stable and present it to the film companies as a turnkey project.

  2. Rick Taylor says:

    I'd really like a Blackhawk film.A period piece.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Well, you won't see a Blackhawk movie because of this deal. DC controls the property, not the Eisner estate. Same thing is true of Uncle Sam, although that one would make for an amusing trademark fight. I'm amused to see those two part of the press release. When I was at DC I got a call from Republic Pictures offering me the comic book rights to Captain Marvel (the real version), among others. I told them we already own it. I was told I was mistaken, so I put DC's legal department on 'em to straighten things out. To their credit, they called and apologized; they thought that since they did the serial (and a great serial it was), they owned it out right.So then I told them about Spy Smasher.

      • Rick Taylor says:

        How did they get that into their head?

        • Mike Gold says:

          Spy Smasher? Same deal: A Fawcett feature licensed to Republic back in the 1940s that some paper-pusher figured Republic owned outright fifty years later.Ironically, that's more than "Fawcett" knew at that time. Fawcett was sold, twice I think, and it wound up at CBS. From time to time, nobody at CBS actually knew they owned the rights, which DC was trying to buy outright at the time. Ultimately, DC found a person willing to accept a check.