The Red Star graphic novel getting movied

The Red Star is yet another comic series I’ve only heard of but not read that’s making its way to the silver screen now, directed by Josh Trank (of Chronicle fame) and written by Jason Rothenberg. The comic series is set in an alternate Soviet Union, featuring magic and future technology, and the big villain is basically Magic Stalin:

Over the course of several generations, the once mighty empire known as the United Republics of The Red Star slaughtered millions of it’s own people by the order of a single man. The man was their leader, Imbohl, a mighty sorcerer whose insanity turned his people’s Utopian dreams into a nightmarish scheme driven by the desire to create his own immortality. Haunted by the ghosts of their nation’s tragic past, the Heroes of the Red Star discover the true nature of their nation’s struggle, abandon their duties as soldiers of the Red Fleet, and embark upon a quest to liberate their people from Imbohl’s dark legacy. The Battle of Kar Dathra’s Gate is a fictionalization of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Kids love Soviet invasion of Afghanistan movies, and they’ll love them twice as much with wizards! Am I the only one who sees all the Soviet stuff as a stumbling block? But maybe it will do well and clear the way for Superman: Red Son to finally get made (yeah, right, we’ll be lucky if that becomes a WB direct-to-DVD cartoon!) I admit I would see this film, I just don’t know if America will see it. Though there is a Red Star video game, so who knows? Certainly not The Shadow, that guy just looks up things on Wikipedia while pretending to know. I’m on to you, Shadow!

The Red Star

Sky Captain THIS!

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