Weapons Inspectors on the Jovian Moons

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United Nations weapon inspectors have found way more than they bargained for during a routine inspection. That may sound like the beginning of a "torn from headlines" plot from your average episode of Law & Order: International Politics Unit. But when you add in that the weapon inspections are happening on one of Jupiter's moons and that the "more than they expect" turns out to be long-buried artifacts from a dead alien civilization, suddenly you have the basis for Ocean, a comic from the mind of Warren "Transmetropolitan" Ellis. Now it's being made into a movie from the people who brought you 300. Spoilers ahead.


Ellis' 2004 comic (illustrated by Tom Strong's Chris Sprouse) is set "one hundred years from now" and starts with the discovery of the remains of a race of war-loving aliens on one of Jupiter's moons by a team of UN weapons inspectors, before ending with an appropriately large-scale discovery about the true origin of life on Earth, 2001-style (There's also a potential swipe at Bill Gates and Microsoft in there as well, just for good measure). No wonder, then, that producers Nick Wechsler and Gianni Nunnari - the producers of 300, currently behind another adaptation of a Frank Miller comic, Ronin - snapped up the movie rights last year.

The latest news on the adaptation is the announcement of a writer joining the project: Ryan Condal, a relative unknown whose only previous script is a revamp on the King Arthur story, called Galahad. Whether that means that he'll bring an appropriate sense of scale to the screenplay (Or, alternatively, have everyone saying "thee" a lot) remains to be seen. Ellis himself definitely isn't the man to ask about the subject - On his blog, he reposted the Hollywood Reporter announcement of Condal's announcement with the comment "And now you know as much as I do!" Of course, if that's true, Warren may need a better agent.

Ryan Condal to adapt 'Ocean' [Hollywood Reporter]


Chris Braak

@Log1c: The comic was murder to read an issue at a time. I think it probably hangs together a little better as a graphic novel.

However, like many of Ellis's works, you can clearly pinpoint the part where he gets bored with the whole thing and says, "Yeah...uh...and then they build a giant gun. The end."