For our Italian friends…

So, I was emailed these by someone, but I think I saw them credited to regular contributor Antoblueberry.  If so, thank you, Anto.  We’ve been unsuccessful getting our own copies from L’Espresso.  Gioy (our resident expert in all things Italian) and the good folks at Bonelli all seem very happy with the way the article turns out.  And I think there might be one or two fans of Brandon’s on here that enjoy the article, even without being able to read Italian.  :-)

As Anto also said in a previous comment, this article announces officially some news that I had hinted at in a previous post, that Bonelli would be handling the graphic novel extension/adaptation of the Dead of Night tale.  I put the “extension/” part of that in there because we’re going to be doing something very, very different to bridge the worlds of the Dylan Dog comics and Dead of Night.  We’ve got a really great writer that ALL Dylan Dog fans will know (name to be announced soon…) writing this bridge for us and EVERYBODY concerned is excited about how it is shaping up.  Bonelli will be publishing it worldwide and Platinum Studios will be handling it in the US, so save up in the meantime.

BTW, I heard from a retailer that the Dark Horse collection of the Dylan Dog Case Files has completely sold out in the US!  So grab your copy soon, as they may not be available very long.  It’s a really great read for those that don’t already know Dylan.

Cheers and please let us know what you think of the article!

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Former Stunt Guy/LFW (Lover of Fine Wines)

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18 Responses to “For our Italian friends…”

  1. Vgerland Says:

    Thanks for posting that and I do look forward to “the graphic novel extension/adaptation of the Dead of Night tale”.

    For those interested Sean, the man behind the interview of Dan Forcey at http://www.thinkmcflythink.com a couple months ago, posted a link on the Planet site that is a pretty good translation by Google of the article. Here is a link.

    http://translate.google.co.uk/transl…o%2F%2F2102613

    BTW we Brandon Rough fans have already been enjoying the new pictures from that article since it was posted early yesterday AM on the Dead Of Night thread at the Planet also attributed to Antonello Blueberry. Here is a link to the thread if anyone would like to join us.

    http://www.bluetights.net/theplanet/showthread.php?t=25481

  2. Vgerland Says:

    Opps I see my link to the translation broke. Sorry about that. Thanks goes to Boogy for posting a good link. At least the link I posted to the Dylan Dog thread at the Planet is good.

    Now about all that dirt and fun set talk. We’re Still Waiting. Sure would like to hear some of it before you forget half the funny stuff that happened.

  3. Stargazer Says:

    An awesome update. Yay! :) What can I say, love the pics.

    Soo looking forward to the movie and to the comic adaptation!

  4. Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I’m not able to make SDCC this year to hear and maybe see more news. THanks as always for the links.

  5. Luca Zanzi Says:

    Took the liberty of translating the article myself. Excuse any typos or funny syntax here and there. I’m sure it gets the point through. Also feel free to delete if there might be copyright issues or some such.

    Dylan Dog, the American
    By Silvia Bizio
    Zombies. Vampires. And broken hearts. The hero of Tiziano Sclavi’s comic moves to the USA. In a movie made to conquer Hollywood.

    A city famous for its esoteric traditions: New Orleans. A detective, Dylan Dog, involved in unique cases in an underground world inhabited by vampires, zombies, and werewolves. His face? That of the young rising star of American cinema, Brandon Routh, the most recent Superman. A nice combination for “Dead of Night”, the first film adapted from Tiziano Sclavi’s comic “Dylan Dog”.

    Sclavi had set his comic in London, but the moving of the action to Louisiana wanted by the Anglo-American production was gladly received by Sergio Bonelli, Dylan Dog’s editor since 1986. Sclavi’s Dog was referenced on the big screen in Michele Soavi’s 1994 movie “Dellamorte Dellamore”, starring Rupert Everett, the actor upon whom Sclavi drew inspiration for his hero.

    Platinum acquired the film, television, and merchandising rights for “Dylan Dog” in 1997, but is only now celebrating the end of principal photography for the film directed by Kevin Munroe. The release in theatres is expected to be in the Spring of 2010: the Italian title will simply be “Dylan Dog”. The choice of location in New Orleans “had an influence on the representation of the world of the living dead”, says director Munroe on the set of the film: “We’ve tried to focus on the realism of the creatures and monsters rather than on the special effects. New Orleans’ magical background contributed to the realistic tone of the film”. The creatures Munroe mentions are those created by the same team of specialists that won the Oscar for Brad Pitt’s look on “Benjamin Button”.

    The plot of the film is not taken from one or more particular issues of the comic, but tells the tale of the character, his story, his transformation from a private eye for jealous husbands into a detective of the underworld. Dylan Dog’s assistant, named Groucho in the comics, is also present. Since Groucho Marx’s estate didn’t authorize the actor’s name or image in the film, the assistant is now named Marcus: it’s Sam Huntington, already seen next to Routh in “Superman Returns”. Marcus’ murder at the beginning of the film at the hands of a zombie sets the plot in motion: Dylan Dog decides to return to the underworld of the living dead in order to not only save Marcus, who has meanwhile become a comedic zombie, but all of mankind. “The creatures from beyond the grave are very different amongst themselves”, explains Munroe: “zombies are very close to each other, they’re a sort of organized crime with a sense of family like the Sopranos, while vampires are much more narcissistic. And among the werewolves there might be old friends of Dylan Dog, who may have now at least learned to respect one another.

    But the film is not only an action flick taking place among zombies and vampires. It’s also an emotional adventure in which Dylan is forced to walk the plank among human feelings and the dark side he had turned from long ago. He’s not a super hero, has no special powers: he’s a normal guy that finds himself in exceptional circumstances.”

    In one of the scenes we witness in New Orleans, shot in one of the locations hardest hit by Katrina, Dylan and Marcus enter a venue in which they will be welcomed and assaulted by a group of werewolves: but before rolling begins, the masked actors make Routh giggle: “Some will protest the fact that Dog is played by an American actor. I’ll take the challenge. For me he’s a character without nation, he belongs to all” says Routh during a break. The 27 year-old American actor was familiar with the comic due to a friend who lived in Italy. “Dylan Dog’s an interesting character because, unlike the usual comic super heroes he’s full of defects, and he’s also nice. Dylan’s a loser, one who always ends up without the girl, and who falls in love at least once a month, a problem most males will understand. He’s sarcastic, but also kind hearted…” A love story couldn’t be missing from “Dead of Night”, with the beautiful Elisabeth (played by Anita Briem, the Icelandic actress seen in “Voyage to the Center of the Earth”) whom during the film becomes Dylan Dog’s partner in order to avenge her father’s death at the hands of supernatural creatures.
    “At the beginning of the film we find an anguished, closed Dylan”, Routh continues: “Horrible things have happened to him, he’s no longer a true detective and limits himself to making a living as a hound for jealous husbands and wives full of lovers. But Marcus’ death brings him back into the core of the action. The presence of monsters among us evokes “Men in Black” (which was also a project by the same producer, Scott Rosenberg) or “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. But Dylan Dog’s world is completely original”. Like in the comic, Dylan Dog isn’t a lover of violence. “He doesn’t like weapons”, explains Routh: “Rather, he uses intellect and wits to combat the monsters, he figures out their weaknesses and hits their exposed nerves. Of course, he does take out some weapons, but we’d rather keep this a secret to avoid spoilers”.

    “Dylan Dog” hasn’t been published in the USA for 11 years. And for the release of the film the producers and Sergio Bonelli will orchestrate a merchandising campaign followed by the publication of a comic book based on the film’s story. “The new setting of New Orleans explains Dylan Dog’s to accept the unusual in our culture” affirms Munroe: “Dog’s not convinced that humans are always right. He looks at the parallel realities to ours with an open mind. He’s a contemporary Sherlock Holmes. And in the film we’ll narrate his crazy adventures in a light hearted manner: it’s a film for all, for kids as well as adults. It’s not horror, it’s not a violent and dark thriller. There are no exploding heads and there’s no flowing blood. It’s a romantic mystery with zombies and vampires, of course, but with a depth of irony that reassures us on the integrity of our human world”.

  6. AntoBlueberry Says:

    You’re welcome Dan.
    Hopefully Dark Horse will start translating some more Dylan Dog stories in English. May I suggest the Dylan color specials?

  7. deadofnightmovie Says:

    Wow. Thank you very much for that translation, Luca. That is much nicer to read than the auto-translators!

  8. Vgerland Says:

    Luca, THANKS so much. The Google translation left a LOT to be desired. Yours is great and so appreciated. :D

  9. Victor Castro Says:

    Spoiler..who is doing the art for the GN?

  10. I know this is off topic but I read an article today on MTV spashpage about this being PG13, which Im okey with BTW. Im sure it will still be good if not great. Some really great movies were PG13 I might add.

    http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/06/25/dead-of-night-star-brandon-routh-talks-pg-13-rating-and-villains/

  11. deadofnightmovie Says:

    Paul (and anyone else who read that):
    I know Brandon said that, but it’s not a sure thing at all. I said this before, but I think it was in another comment so I don’t blame you for missing it, but Kevin and the producers have said they want to make the best movie possible and let the rating fall where it falls.

  12. Vgerland Says:

    I say YES! Make the very best movie possible and the fans will be happy. As I said on the thread over at the Planet:

    PG-13 is fine with me. That means it has to stand on acting, special effects and story rather than bad language, nudity and gore.

    I would pick the former over the latter any day of the week.

  13. Stargazer Says:

    “I know Brandon said that, but it’s not a sure thing at all. I said this before, but I think it was in another comment so I don’t blame you for missing it, but Kevin and the producers have said they want to make the best movie possible and let the rating fall where it falls.”

    So glad to hear that, Dan. Yeah, I also want it to be the best movie possible.

    Brandon told MTV in that interview that his producers might lighten up a bit from its source material. And I just really HOPE they don’t lighten it up too much. Know what I mean? I want an intense and thrilling movie, and I also want to see this scene on the big screen,

    Brandon is a gorgeous man. Take advantage of it, please. ;)

    Also, Can’t wait to hear about the score for the movie. Love movie scores!

  14. Vgerland Says:

    Ha ha. This is so true and deserves being repeated.

    “Brandon is a gorgeous man. Take advantage of it, please.”

  15. Xabaras Says:

    I really hope it will be a good film. I like the pic with Dylan hanging – for those who don’t know it, Dylan Dog is really scared of heights, and usually has an accompanying vertigo.

  16. Stargazer Says:

    “Hopefully Dark Horse will start translating some more Dylan Dog stories in English.”

    Agreed! Do it please! I was not expecting it but I’ve become a big fan of the DYD comics. Loved the “DYD Case Files” book –so well written, exciting and fun– but I want more! :(

  17. I was expecting something more substantial than pics of Dylan Dog having sex, actually. It is also interesting how politically correct the article goes about Groucho missing in action. I’m waiting for more.

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