I got a favor to ask…
I just got this as a comment here and I’d like to actually devote a full post to it, as it’s the most polite and honest one like this that I’ve received here.
“I know well the Dylan Dog comic books and I read the plot of your movie. It has nothing in common with the original Tiziano Sclavi story (except the name, the job and the clothes of the main character). If you called your character Mr. Smith nobody could think to Dylan Dog.
So, why do you say that your movie is the adaptation of Dylan Dog?
-Alessandro Neri, chiropratica.blogspot.com”
Alessandro, I understand completely that some changes had to be made between the book and the film adaptation of it, but I hope, if you read this blog carefully, you will find that there are very good reasons for most of the changes. Unavoidable reasons in most cases that meant the difference between having a movie and not having a movie. We honestly believe that we’ve remained very true to the spirit and character of Tiziano’s character, which, with all due respect, you cannot get out of the short synopsis that have been released publicly or the few photos you may have seen. Let me give you a parallel. If you go to imdb, you’ll find the following summary: “When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.” Is that an accurate accounting of what the movie ultimately was? If you were an Iron Man fan and you read that, would you be excited to see the movie or would you have thought they had dressed some guy like Iron Man and called it that? Would you assume, based only on that, that it would be a faithful adaptation of the character you loved in the books?
I truly appreciate you and everyone else who is so very passionate about Dylan and I understand because I love him nearly as much as you all do. (And I only say “nearly” because I’m not Italian. :-)) Will we ultimately provide you with a faithful adaptation of the book? I hope so. We’re all doing our best, but none of us know. We hope so and at the very least we’ll be able to say we did the best job we possibly could under the circumstances. I would ask you give us the same hope and benefit of the doubt. You haven’t read the script, you haven’t seen the performances and you haven’t seen the months, and in some cases years, of work people have put into this project. You’ve read a synopsis online somewhere. Once you’ve seen it and if you hate it then, feel free to write me and I will humbly, genuinely, and personally apologize for letting you down, because that’s the last thing I want to do for you or any Dylan fan. But, please, don’t judge us until you have the full “picture” (pun fully intended).
I’ll say again that I’m really, really glad so many people feel so passionate about Dylan. I just hope, when the movie finally airs, that everyone out there will see that we’re some of those same people.
Development Exec/Former Stunt Guy/HH (Humbly Hoping)