Adaptation of Kane in The Works of Godzilla, Paranormal Activity Alums


by Karl Edward Wagner Kane The franchise is officially heading into a whole new realm. On Tuesday, it was announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that the Kane adaptation rights were acquired by Vertigo Entertainment’s trio of producers Roy Lee, Andrew Trapani and Steven Schneider. Keith Previte and Kevin Elam of the Karl Edward Wagner estate will also be producers on the project, which could be either a feature film or a television series. It’s unclear where the adaptation of the beloved fantasy novel and short story series will eventually end up.

Kane’s stories are set in a visceral world steeped in ancient history, with bloody conflict and dark mysteries. Wagner weaved gothic horror elements into this pre-medieval landscape, taking Kane into fantasy sagas involving war, romance, triumph, and tragedy. The character, also known as Mystic Swordsman, debuted in the 1973 short story collection. The shadow of the angel of death, and went on to appear in twenty short stories and three novels. the Kane franchise has attracted a cult following over the years, which has continued even after Wagner’s death.

“Kane was born out of my childhood fascination with the villain,” Wagner said in an interview before his death. “Kane is not a sword and sorcery hero; he is a Gothic hero/villain of the 18th and early 19th century Gothic romance tradition. Perhaps his greatest influence was the doomed hero/villain of Maturin’s Wanderer Melmoth, although “There are many, many other sources. What I wanted to do was create a mysterious, amoral character who was far smarter and far more physically powerful than his opponents. Before Kane, the bad guys were either twisted geniuses or big dorks. With Kane, I wanted a character who could master any situation intellectually, or rip heads off if the push came to shove. Fu Manchu with muscles. Kane is closer to the Terminator than to Conan, though neither comparison really holds. I guess Kane is best described as a genetically engineered organic cyborg created by magic and alien science. But you will know more later.

“My conception of Kane hasn’t changed in some 35 years,” Wagner continued. “I’ve always viewed the series as horror (or gothic) as opposed to sword and sorcery. When Powell published Darkness Weaves, I described the series as ‘gothic fantasy’ and Powell l so called it in his edition. Later, while working with Gary Hoppensstand on his revolutionary little magazine Midnight Sun, I described Kane’s stories as “dark fantasy”. Gary liked that term, used it, and yes, I coined the term “dark fantasy”.

Lee is best known for co-creating Vertigo Entertainment and executive producing projects such as Godzilla vs. Kong, Doctor Sleep, and both This movies. Trapani produced Winchester and The Haunting in Connecticutas well as the next documentary series winning time. Schneider produced the paranormal activity moviesOld, and Animals Seminar. The trio are currently developing New Regency’s The Hawkline Monsterwhich will be directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

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