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Update on Grant Morrison’s WE3 movie (it’s stalled)


As for the current status of the project, Morrison said it’s in a holding pattern at the moment, though Stevenson is still attached and he receives occasional updates as it makes its way around Hollywood.

“It’s just around and about, you know?” he said. “John Stevenson still wants to be involved, but nothing’s moving on it right now.”

“I hope we see some movement on it,” he added. “I hear about it every couple of weeks. [Producer] Don Murphy calls me up and fills me in on the very slow progress of the thing.”

MTV: Grant Morrison Says His ‘We3’ Screenplay Has Less Violence, But It’s ‘Better Than The Comic’

Grant Morrison discusses his current comic series Joe the Barbarian, plus preview pages

Joe the Barbarian

I’m obviously a little behind on my comics news – Grant Morrison’s been writing a creator owner Vertigo series that’s been publishing since January.

Morrison: It’s ‘Home Alone meets The Lord of the Rings’. ‘Joe’ is a big fantasy story, but I kind of wanted to reinvent the fantasy genre as we’re familiar with it and do something that felt more believable, modern and convincing to me. I looked at things like Narnia and Lewis Carroll, stories where some kid goes through the mirror or down the staircase into a weird world and although I loved that stuff when I was growing up, and lot of my favorite books and movies were based on that sort of idea – Elidor. The Phantom Tollbooth. Yellow Submarine. Peter Pan. The Wizard of Oz – I kind of wanted to do something that was, to me at least, an original take on that kind of story. What would be the 21st century, post-9/11 version of the quest through the Otherworld?

You know, Alice in Wonderland was written for Victorian kids who swept chimneys or lived in cruel orphanages! I wanted to write a book for and about kids today, incorporating all the feelings of loss, and the heavy, traumatic atmosphere of a culture in the midst of a distant war. In Joe the Barbarian the fantasy kingdom has fallen to darkness and Death and all its great heroes have been killed or otherwise neutralized. Can a diabetic boy and his ragtag gang of warrior rats, giant dwarves and ADD inventors save a world where Death has been crowned King?

That’s the big answer, but it’s really this wild fantasy story about a kid who’s dying, and he has twenty minutes to get downstairs and save his own life. And in that twenty minutes, he experiences an entire fantasy epic adventure based around the contents of his house.

IGN: Grant Morrison Discusses Joe the Barbarian

Grant Morrison documentary due by next year’s Comic-Con International

Now that the comics industry has overtaken film, its outstanding writers are starting to step up to the biopic bar. Subversive brainiac Grant Morrison is up next, with a dedicated documentary due in time for next year’s Comic-Con International.

“He has an uncanny ability to tell stories that are both accessible and progressively avant-garde,” explained indie director Patrick Meaney, whose untitled Grant Morrison documentary, previewed in the exclusive clips above and below, will analyze the writer’s storied run for Marvel and DC Comics on standout titles like The Invisibles, X-Men and Final Crisis as well as more esoteric series like The Filth and Flex Mentallo.

Wired: Grant Morrison documentary due by next year’s Comic-Con International

Update: Official documentary site with more trailers

Lost and the Supercontext

There do seem to be different rules involved when it comes to death and the island. It reminds me of both Donnie Darko and The Invisibles. In Donnie Darko dying in the time loop allowed someone to step out of regular time as Frank the Bunny does. From this new position he is able to effect events. Similar effects are in play in The Invisibles comic series by Grant Morrison.

Hatch 23: Lost and the Supercontext

Grant Morrison interview on Wired

Most of it’s about Superman and I didn’t find that stuff interesting. This I did find interesting:

Final Crisis was much heavier, much harder to write than The Filth, which at least came with massive doses of surreal black humor to sweeten the bitter pill of the subject matter. On Final Crisis, I spent months immersing myself in the thought processes of an evil, dying God who longed for nothing less than the degradation, destruction and enslavement of all of DC’s superheroes, along with every other living thing in the universe and beyond!

To get into his head, I had to consider people like him in the real world and there were no shortage of candidates. The emissaries of Darkseid seemed to be everywhere, intent on crushing hope, or shattering human self-esteem. I began to hear his voice in every magazine headline accusing some poor young girl of being too fat or too thin. Darkseid was there in the newscasters screaming financial disaster and planet-doom. It was that sick old bastard’s voice terrifying children with his hopeless message of a canceled future, demanding old ladies turn off their electric blankets to help “save the planet,” while turning a blind eye to corporate ecocide.

Full Story: Wired

He also talks a bit about upcoming Vertigo projects at the end.

Grant Morrison’s Seaguy returns in April


It feels weird to be blogging about silly comics today, but, well, this is neat.

In Seaguy’s cartoon future world, everyone is a Super Hero and no one dies. It’s absolutely perfect…Or is it?

In this follow-up to the cult 2004 miniseries, Seaguy resurfaces with a sinister new partner, a hatred of the sea and a rebel restlessness he can’t explain. Why are Doc Hero and his ex-archenemy Silvan Niltoid, the Alien from Planet Earth, whispering strange equations? Why is Death so useless? And can that really be the ghost of Chubby Da Choona mumbling uncanny warnings and dire prophecies of ultimate catastrophe?

When the grotesque powers lurking behind the corporation known as Mickey Eye and the Happy Group attempt to erase Seaguy’s entire existence, can he possibly get it together in time to save a world so far gone it can’t even imagine the horror lying in wait? Find out here in Morrison’s own personal reframing of the Super Hero concept for the 21st century.

From Aurthur

Long interview with Grant Morrison on All Star Superman

This “holistic”  mode of consciousness (which Luthor experiences briefly at the end of All Star Superman) announces itself as a heartbreaking connection, a oneness, with everything that exists…but you don’t have to be Superman to know what that feeling is like. There are a ton of meditation techniques which can take you to this place. I don’t see it as anything supernatural or religious, in fact, I think it’s nothing more than a developmental level of human consciousness, like the ability to see perspective – which children of 4 cannot do but children of 6 can.

Everyone who’s familiar with this upgrade will tell you the same thing: it feels as if “alien”  or “angelic”  voices – far more intelligent, coherent and kindly than the voices you normally hear in your head – are explaining the structure of time and space and your place in it.
This identification with a timeless supermind containing and resolving within itself all possible thoughts and contradictions, is what many people, unsurprisingly, mistake for an encounter with “God.”  However, given that this totality must logically include and resolve all possible thoughts and concepts, it can also be interpreted as an actual encounter with God, so I’m not here to give anyone a hard time over interpretation.

Full Story: Newsarama

(via Arthur)

Grant Morrison web site update

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Grant Morrison’s web site has been updated for the first time in years.


There’s also a new column he’s running there (you’re supposed to register to be able to see it, but direct links there seem to work fine):

The mental, magical immersion in the DC Universe of superheroes that’s consumed all my time these five years past is finally, and quite literally, drawing to its apocalyptic conclusion and I can’t concentrate on much else until the dust settles.


What else? It’s been hectic but I’m having a good time doing these ?Final’ storylines for Superman, Batman and the DC Universe itself. I want to end on a couple of big, definitive stories before I take a break from superheroes for a little while and I’m really happy with the way all of these are turning out.

Full Story: grantmorrison.com

I hope this means new creator-owned work in the next year or so.

(Thanks Brenden!)

Grant Morrison interview from 1996

Older interview by Arthur’s Jay Babcock:

“Although we have a core group of characters, anyone can belong to or oppose the Invisibles,”; Morrison explained in an introductory outline of the series. “Various ordinary and extraordinary folks [will be] drawn into a web of conspiracy that extends from the back streets of your hometown to the dark blue-green planet circling Alpha Centauri and beyond, out past the horizon of the spacetime supersphere itself, giving me the opportunity to tell stories ranging across time and genre, stories that will eventually come together and be revealed as one large-scale, shimmering holographic tapestry. This is the comic I’ve wanted to write all my life-a comic about everything: action, philosophy, paranoia, sex, magic, biography, travel, drugs,religion, UFOs … you can make your own list. And when it reaches its conclusion, somewhere down the line, I promise to reveal who runs the world, why our lives are the way they are and exactly what happens to us when we die.”

Full Story: Arthur Magazine

The Fauves – Tortured Soul (Grant Morrison Band + Superman Cartoon)

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