I never thought that Youngblood was necessarily the best comic put out but I did like it. When Image first started, we got a bunch of new and some what fresh comics that weren't tied to the histories and continuities of the major publishers. The creators got a chance to create their own characters and do whatever they wanted with them.
While I read the current series off and on (a little more off), I do want to seem them on the big screen. I do like the idea of a government team of 'superheroes' that become embraced by the public as celebrities. It just makes sense. The tabloids and popparazzi would be all over them.'
Youngblood creator, Rob Liefeld has been talking about the movie a bit lately. In a recent interview with MTV, he mentioned that writers J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani are currently half way through a first draft of the screenplay. Liefeld is also attending every meeting with the writers to oversee the handling of his creation.
Liefled mentions that the "tone" of the movie will be along the lines of "Iron Man." He would like to push the boundaries of a PG-13 rating and get away with as much violence as they can. The movie will focus on members Shaft and Chapel.
They don’t like each other. Shaft is the new kid on the block in the movie, and he and Chapel have to put aside their differences to save the Youngblood program.
Speaking of Shaft, or actually 'getting the shaft,' it seems one character will not be in the movie. Badrock (originally called Bedrock) "doesn't fit" in the film. Apparently it was Liefeld's choice to leave him out. Perhaps if there is a sequel in the future, he'll have his chance? I do have to admit that trying to translate Badrock could compromise the look of the film, especially for those pesky non-comic book reader/movie-goers.
How do you think a Youngblood movie will do? Movie-goers are eating up comic adapted movies these days. With Brett Ratner involved, do you think this could be a blockbuster?