‘Caliber’ event in Los Angeles
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Having a crazed day here at Hero Complex, I’m off to see an advance screening of Frank Miller’s ‘The Spirit,’ which opens Christmas Day, and then going to see J.J. Abrams give a presentation on ‘Star Trek’ and show some footage from the huge event release of next summer. So it’s going to be a bit sparse today, sorry to say, but we have a few major posts yesterday about ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘South Park’ so check them out if you haven’t already.
In the meantime, for those of you here in Southern California, if you get a chance tonight drop by the special event over at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove. the guest of honor is Sam Sarkar, who will be signing copies of ‘Caliber: First Canon of Justice,’ the Radical Publishing comic-book series that takes the tale of King Arthur and his singular sword and reimagines it in the Old West where it’s a magic revolver instead of a blade and in place of a wizard who helps him is a Native American shaman. Wow, what a set-up -- and the comics series has movie written all over it, too, especially with the lean, gritty approach to its portrayal of the cowboy era in the Pacific Northwest (which you rarely see in the desert-loving westerns of Hollywood) and a nuanced portrayal of tribal relations. John Woo has already signed up to direct.
Sarkar is also the director of development at Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, and is an interesting guy to chat with. (That Depp company is partnering in the planned ‘Caliber’ film and I wouldn’t be surprised if Depp shows up somewhere in the cast as well.) I spoke to him yesterday and will be writing more about him and the unfolding story of Radical. In the meantime, I wanted to make sure you knew about that signing at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The Grove is at 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. Call (323) 525-0270 for more details.
-- Geoff Boucher